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Sen. Chris Murphy: America 'Founded By Religious Refugees'

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:03 PM

Attacking Donald Trump for his rigid stance on refugees posing as a terror threat, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said Wednesday America was a country "founded by religious refugees."

"We are all the sons and daughters and grandkids of people fleeing from economic, religious or political persecution, so he [Trump]  misunderstands the nature of this country," the Democratic lawmaker said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

Trump stated that immigration security is national security after the weekend terror attacks. "Now Obama wants to bring in as of two days ago an additional 110,000 refugees and Hillary wants — I mean, honestly, it's hard to believe. All together, Hillary Clinton's plan would bring in 620,000 refugees in her first term alone with no effective way to screen or vet them," the Republican presidential nominee said.

Murphy also highlighted that Middle East does not recognize America's efforts in solving Syria's crisis because of the number of refugees their country was taking in.

"Nobody there thinks that we are really a partner in trying to unwind the crisis in Syria when we're only taking 10,000 refugees. Angela Merkel is taking a beating in Germany because they've accepted 1 million refugees. We don't need to accept a million but nobody thinks we're a true partner in trying to fix Syria," he said.

On "misinformation" regarding vetting process of immigrants, Murphy clarified that "there is no immigration that goes through a tougher, stricter vetting screen than those coming as refugees. That means that their names are checked through multiple data bases.

"They are gone through exhaustive interviewing process and that we're largely taking women and children through the refugee process. This idea that political refugees to this country are young males is false," he said.

Admitting to some lapse in the system, Murphy said, "The reality is that we do have some problems in our immigration system. Right now, if you're coming from Europe, you're getting almost no screen. So some of us want to beef up the screening we do for people coming from countries that are in the Visa waiver program."

Regarding the ongoing crisis in Syria, Murphy said, "This is a conflict that is seemingly getting worse and not better. From the very beginning some of us have asked a very simple question, which is will U.S. Arms and a greater U.S. Military footprint make this situation better or will it simply prompt the Iranians and the Russians to dive into the conflict deeper?

"I know everybody wants to believe that there's an American military solution to every conflict around the globe," he added.

When asked if the situation in Syria would have been different if the U.S. stepped in five years ago, Murphy says he "rejects the idea there was this magical moment in which the United States could have sort of picked the right moment to pinprick the so-called moderate opposition with military support.

"The reality is the Iranians and the Russians were going to do whatever is necessary to keep Assad in power and no matter when the United States decided to try to put arms or weapons or airplanes there, this was going to be a bloody long conflict," he said.

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Attacking Donald Trump for his rigid stance on refugees posing as a terror threat, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said Wednesday America was a country "founded by religious refugees."
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:03 PM
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