Republican presidential contender Ben Carson, who is currently only trailing Donald Trump as GOP candidate in numerous national polls, warned about the influx of Syrian refugees to the U.S. and stated the Boston Marathon bombers entered America exactly the same way.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sept. 13, Carson discussed the ongoing problem of the Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.
“I would recognize that bringing in people from the Middle East right now carries extra danger,” Carson said. “And we have to be extra cautious. You know, the typical mechanisms that we use for screening people, perhaps, have to be enhanced.”
“How does it, you know, let people like the Tsarnaev brothers in here?” Carson asked.
The Tsarnaev brothers, responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, were granted refugee status when they arrived with their parents in America in 2002, The Hill noted. Three people were killed and hundreds more injured when the homemade bombs exploded during the end of the marathon on April 15, 2013. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was later killed in the manhunt for the two brothers during the follow days.
Carson continued expressing his concern that enemies of the U.S. could begin to take advantage of the Obama administration’s plan to let 10,000 Syrian refugees stay in the country.
“We have to recognize that this is a splendid opportunity for the global jihadists to infiltrate those numbers with members of their own organization,” Carson said. “So we would have to have in place a very excellent screening mechanism. Until we had such a mechanism in place, we should not be bringing anyone in.”
In a recent poll of the 16 remaining Republican presidential candidates, Carson placed second with 20 percent support. Leading the pack was businessman Donald Trump, with 33 percent of the vote.