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Pete Hoekstra: Loosening of Asylum Rules 'Makes No Sense'

Monday, 10 Feb 2014 05:33 PM

The Obama administration's loosening of federal rules on political asylum seekers — including those with "minor" ties to terrorism — defies all reason, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra says.

"There's really no explanation for this. You've got a resurgent al-Qaida, you've got all of the stuff going on at the Olympics, you still got the aftermath of Benghazi," Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"And now you've got the president saying, hey, we're going to ease the restrictions on this. It makes no sense at all. I have no explanation," Hoekstra said Monday.

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Political strategist Christopher Hahn, who appeared with Hoekstra on the show, agreed — if the report is true.

"I'm dubious on the claim that this is even going on, quite frankly . . . [If] it is true, yes, I agree with the congressman. I don't think we want to have people with ties to terrorism going into this country," Hahn said.

"But, given the way the right has been reacting to everything this president does . . . Republicans and people on the far right have been twisting everything this president does."

"Whatever this president does, there's some kind of evil plot behind it, according to people on the far right. So, I don't believe this report, but if it's true, I agree fully with [Hoekstra]."


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