Donald Trump reportedly said he could tell Syrian children to their faces that they could not come to the U.S. Trump’s comments came during a Feb. 8 public forum in New Hampshire in response to questions about U.S. national security.
Trump voiced his opposition to allowing Syrian refugees to immigrate to the U.S. due to national security risks, reports The Hill.
“We don’t know where their parents come from, they have no documentation whatsoever,” said Trump in New Hampshire.
“I’ve talked to the greatest legal people, spoken to the greatest security people. There’s absolutely no way of saying where these people come from. They may be from Syria, they may be ISIS, they may be ISIS related.”
Trump reportedly called for Gulf states to house displaced refugees, and said that the U.S. should be open to funding the housing of refugees abroad.
Trump emphasized his own concern for the safety of Syrian refugees, but argued that the U.S. should not house them inside its borders, reports the Daily Caller.
“But you look at that and you say we have enough problems- now I believe- look I have a bigger heart than anybody in this room and I think what we do is we take an area in Syria or numbers of areas and we do safe zones,” said Trump.
This is not the first time that Republican presidential hopeful Trump has voiced his opposition to allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. On Nov. 16, Trump said that allowing Syrian immigration “could be one of the great Trojan horses”, and could allow terrorists to covertly enter the country, report CNN.
The U.S. immigration policy regarding Syrian refugees has been a controversial issue during the presidential campaign season.
Republicans generally push for tighter restrictions on immigrants from Syria, arguing that terrorist groups could send fighters disguised as refugees to the U.S. Democrats argue not to bar Syrian refugees, and that the current system of background checks and visas is enough to protect against terrorist attacks.