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Watch: Rand Paul’s Senate Floor Fight To Stop Taxpayer Benefits For New, High-Risk Refugees

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2016 GOP Presidential candidate and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul blasted taxpayer benefits for new, high-risk refugees today as he offered an amendment on the Senate floor to deal with the issue.

Paul also reminded the Senate that America has been attacked by “refugees” before.

“(M)ake no mistake, we have been attacked in the past by refugees or by people posing as refugees,” Paul said. “The two Boston bombers were here as refugees. They didn’t take very kindly to what we gave them — education, food, clothing, and they chose to attack our country.”

According to a press release, “on the U.S. Senate floor today, Senator Rand Paul introduced an amendment to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act to block taxpayer benefits for new refugees from high-risk countries.”

Below is a video and transcript of Paul’s speech:

“Mr. President, make no mistake, we have been attacked in the past by refugees or by people posing as refugees. The two Boston bombers were here as refugees. They didn’t take very kindly to what we gave them — education, food, clothing, and they chose to attack our country.

In Bowling Green, Kentucky, we had two Iraqi refugees who came through the refugee program, posing as refugees and then promptly decided to buy stinger missiles. Fortunately, they got them from an F.B.I. Agent and we caught them, but when we caught them, we discovered that their fingerprints were already on bomb fragments in Iraq in our database, and yet we had no clue and admitted them anyway.

I think we have an insufficient process for knowing who’s here legally and illegally. There are eleven million people in our country illegally, 40% of them have overstayed their Visa. Do we know who they are? Do we know where they are? If we extrapolate those statistics to those who are visiting our country from the Middle East, do we know where the 150,000 students are who say they’re going to school in our country from the Middle East? I don’t think we do. I don’t think we should continue adding people to the rolls of those coming from the Middle East until we absolutely know who is in our country and what their intentions are.

So my amendment says this that we’re not going to bring them here and put them on government assistance. When the poem beneath the statue of liberty says give me your tired, give me your poor, it didn’t say come to our country and we’ll put you on welfare. In those days, you came for opportunity. Many Christian churches have supported refugees. My church has supported refugees coming here. That’s charity. But when you put them on welfare, that is not charity.
We borrow a million dollars a minute. We don’t have enough money to do this. It’s a threat to our national security. And my amendment would end the housing assistance for refugees in order to send a message to the President the people have spoken, we are unhappy with your program. If you will not listen to the American people, we will take the money from the purse.

Thank you, Mr. President.”

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8 COMMENTS

  1. WHY DID HE ALLOW A BIG CAMP TO BE BUILT IN EASTERN KY. TO HOUSE THE MUSLIMS AND WHY ARE WE STILL ACCEPTING THEM. IF ONE PERSON IN KY. IS KILLED BECAUSE OF THIS. MCCONNELLY AND PAUL SHOULD BE ARRESTED AS ASSISTING THEM AND PUT IN JAIL.

    • What part is allowing that camp was he personally responsible for. Usually developments are more of a local zoning issue.
      We agree that a moratorium on refugee resetelment would be a wise idea, and the best solution would be for the refugees to be able to return home (to the mothers they left behind) and learn to live in peace with those that may not accept islam (or their brand of it)

    • What is the problem with a man’s last name because his Dad is Ron? Mr. Flatt do your due diligence and find out more info. on Rand you might be surprised but, no you will just go on with what some others have told you. That is the damn problem in this country folks just run with what they hear “word of mouth”. Your quote deserves no rebuttal.

  2. I think it would be problematic to allow in refugees and then not give them at least some period of some sort of public assistance to get them settled. Probably not welfare, but a different program.

    I think either you welcome them to this country (after thoroughly vetting them) and work to assimilate them into our society or you don’t let them in.

    • I say don’t let them in. They need to keep them close to their own country, in the middle east. Let the arab nations provide for them.

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