Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke at the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday and explained his opposition to the Senate’s recent “Refugee Bill.”
If you can’t name your enemy, how can you defeat your enemy?
Nobody on the other stage will even call it what it is: radical Islam. And until we have named the enemy we cannot defeat the enemy, I just spent the week in the Senate trying to make sure the enemy doesn’t come here.
One of the ways they could come here is as refugees, we all have a lot of sympathy, my church has supported refugees. But we can’t be blind and say there is no threat. I had a altercation with a woman from the president’s administration this week who told me that I can’t say, and should not say that there is the possibility of terrorism from refugees, and I reminded her, I am from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and two Iraq men, refugees, posing as refugees came to my town and tried to buy stinger missiles. I don’t think they were messing around.
The two Boston bombers came here as refugees, we fed them, clothed them, housed them, gave the free education, and they killed… our citizens. So we have to make dead certain who people are before they come here.
The House passed legislation naming only Iraq and Syria, I introduced legislation that names over thirty countries that have radical Islamic movements, and says if they want to come here — to study, as refugees, to visit, to live, that we have to know who they are in advance, there has to be better screening of these people, and it is not going to end until we do have better screening of these people.
We also have to ve concerned also about our allies. France is our ally, Germany is our ally, England is our ally. They can all come over here on visa waiver programs.
They don’t have to get any visa, the problem is, I think most of the people who attacked Paris were French citizens, that’s what we’re going to find out.
There has to be a screening mechanism, even for our friends. I say they should come through Global Entry, kind of like our frequent flyer. They should sign up, we should do background checks for anybody who wants to come visit us, that is the number one step in our defense.