With knowledge that one of the Paris bombers was able to make his way into Europe among Syrian refugees, the immigration debate is more prevalent than ever. U.S. politicians had been debating the issue leading up to the attacks in France’s capital, however this past week’s events have made the issue even more pressing and have instilled a new sense of urgency in the heart of each lawmaker. As with all major issues, U.S. politicians have been quick to take shots at the opposite side of the aisle, as Democrats and Republicans have entirely polarizing views on what should be done with the Syrian refugee crisis.
While Republicans believe that taking Syrian refugees could be a national security risk, Democrats call upon the need for the U.S. to be a humanitarian safe-haven for those fleeing terror. Obama has developed a Syrian refugee program that would allow thousands of Syrian immigrants to enter the U.S. by 2016, and Republicans on the Hill have criticized this plan with vehement disdain. Obama then took an opportunity to criticize the GOP’s position yesterday at his APEC presentation.
The president explained that not taking Syrian refugees would be a direct violation of the U.S.’s core values, but he proceeded to mock Republicans for their national security concerns. He referred to all GOP rhetoric on the issue as “fear and panic” and criticized Republicans for basing judgments on “hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.”
He then made a drastically controversial remark, noting that he “cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s coming out of here during the course of this debate.” He proceeded to mock Republicans for their tough stance on taking young Syrian refugees.
GOP lawmakers will likely respond to this assertion in the coming days, and this spat will undoubtedly make its way into election rhetoric in coming months.
What do you think about Obama’s critique of the GOP’s immigration stance?