Republicans are putting President Barack Obama and his party on the defensive over accepting Syrian refugees, following reports that one of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks entered Europe as part of the wave of Syrians fleeing civil war.
GOP governors and lawmakers were quick to announce they wouldn't allow Syrian refugees into their states and are appealing for stronger control of U.S. borders. The issue opens up a firm political line of attack for Republican presidential candidates who had been struggling to find their footing on the national security challenges posed by the Paris slaughter...
...And Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey said that "we can't stop the idea that we can expect the world to take refugees and we can walk away from it. We should do all of our vetting to make sure and that is why the flow is going to be very slow."
January 21, 2021