April 21, 2018

Syrian refugee crisis: Republicans whipped by Obama

President Obama

President Barack Obama has hit back at Republicans who want to stop the US taking in Syrian refugees with the president saying some of the language used in the wake of the Paris attacks only serves to strengthen the Islamic State terror group.

President says Congress lawmakers and state governors are doing Islamic State’s work by wanting to lock refugees out or only accept Christians.

Obama rounded on Republicans in Congress who are preparing legislation that threatens to suspend a US refugee program for Syrians – and on state governors who have said threatened to try to block the refugees’ entry. The Obama administration has revealed details of its screening system to reassure sceptical lawmakers worried about terrorist infiltration.

The House speaker, Paul Ryan, escalated the political row that has been growing since the Paris attacks by announcing on Tuesday that he had formed a taskforce to examine ways of forcing Barack Obama’s hand on the issue.

Obama, speaking in the Philippines where is attending a regional summit, said: “We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic. We don’t make good decisions if it’s based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.

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