Friday, September 23, 2016
Obama Overrules Voters on Refugee Question
What part of “no” does President Obama not understand?
The president announced a year ago that he was bringing 10,000 Syrian refugees to America in 2016 to take some of the pressure off Europe. Sixty percent (60%) of U.S. voters said, don’t bring them to my state, and 77% worried that giving thousands of Syrian refugees asylum posed a national security risk to this country. But the president decided to bring them anyway and even sped up the vetting process to hit his 10,000 goal this year. So we know even less about these newcomers than we might have if normal procedure had been followed.
Now the president proposes to increase the number of refugees from the region even more next year. Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters see that as a national security threat, but Obama isn’t likely to change course, even at a time when just 27% think America is a safer place than it was before the 9/11 attacks.
His designated successor, Hillary Clinton, wants to bring in even more refugees. Her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, on the other hand, has proposed temporarily restricting immigration from countries with a history of terrorism and testing to screen out newcomers who don’t share America’s values. Most voters think those are both good ideas. Even 57% of Democrats agree with the use of an immigrant screening test.
Most voters also have come to accept, however, that the current president is more interested in what he thinks is best for the world rather than what’s best for America.
For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Fran Coombs.