Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Nov. 29 that Syrian refugees, who are fleeing Islamic State group terrorists and their war-torn country, told him that they want to go back to Syria (videos below).
Carson, who recently made a trip to Jordan, where he visited refugee camps, told CNN that bringing 10,000 to 20,000 refugees to the U.S. doesn't solve the problem. He added that there are 1.4 million refugees in Jordan, "and they can handle more than that to be honest with you."
"Their true desire is to be resettled in Syria, but they're satisfied to be in the refugee camps if the refugee camps are adequately funded. Recognize that in these camps, they have schools, they have recreation facilities that are really quite nice, and they're putting in a all kinds of things that make life more tolerable.
"Would it be better to integrate them into society? Yes, and I've certainly talked to some people about that. But you have to make progress as you go."
Carson, who has voiced opposition to the refugees coming to the U.S., also appeared on ABC News where he said:
"I had an opportunity to talk to many of the Syrian refugees and ask them, 'What is your supreme desire?' And it was pretty uniform: They want to go back home, obviously. And I said what kinds of things could a nation like the United States do that would be helpful to you? And again, I was a little bit surprised with the answer, because it wasn’t what we’re hearing a lot.
"We’re hearing that they all want to come here to the United States. And that’s not what they want. They want to go back home. But they said that the United States and other nations could be much more supportive of the herculean efforts manifested by the Jordanians in taking in people at a lot of the expense to themselves. And they cannot continue that without help from the international community."
Carson then recalled the U.S. spent $3 billion on Halloween candy, and said that was the amount of money that was needed in Jordan.
The ABC News host reminded Carson that the U.S. has spent about $4 billion in humanitarian aid, with about $668 million for the refugees in Jordan, and asked what more the U.S. could do.
Carson told the host that she would need to go to Jordan and see for herself, but she informed the GOP candidate that she had already been there. The host said the refugees either want to go back to Syria, or go somewhere else, but not stay in the refugee camps.
During an appearance on CBS News' "Face The Nation," Carson insisted that bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. was simply a temporary fix, but does not solve the problem.
The Obama administration has never claimed that taking in refugees would solve the problem of Islamic State group or the repressive Syrian government.