During a private speech in October 2013, Hillary Clinton expressed concerns that jihadists would enter the United States alongside legitimate refugees. Clinton said the remarks during a Jewish United Fund Of Metropolitan Chicago lunch where she was paid $400,000 to speak. The excerpt of the speech was found in the email between Clinton staffers that was exposed by Wikileaks where Clinton’s aides flagged portions of paid speeches which they claimed could be controversial.
“So I think you’re right to have gone to the places that you visited because there’s a discussion going on now across the region to try to see where there might be common ground to deal with the threat posed by extremism, and particularly with Syria, which has everyone quite worried, Jordan because it’s on their border and they have hundreds of thousands of refugees and they can’t possibly vet all those refugees,” Clinton said during the lunch. “So they don’t know if, you know, jihadists are coming in along with legitimate refugees. Turkey for the same reason.”
During her 2016 Presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has stated that she would like to see the United States take in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. In September of 2015 Clinton spoke to CBS’ “Face The Nation” about the growing problem in Syria. “I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in,” she told the host.
During the Presidential Debate last Sunday, the democratic nominee claimed vetting was possible and taking in refugees was a must.
“I will not let anyone into the country that I think will poses a risk to us,” she said, “but there are a lot of refugees, women and children… There are children suffering in this catastrophic war, largely I believe because of Russian aggression, and we need to do our part. We are by no means carrying anywhere near the load Europe and others are. But we will have vetting that is as tough as it needs to be, from our professionals, our intelligence experts and others.”
Republican nominee Donald Trump has been outspoken about his opposition to Clinton’s proposal to increase refugee intake and has called her plan would “is going to be the great Trojan horse of all time.”
Just last month, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Leon Rodriguez, told a Senate panel that some refugees let into the United States had been convicted of terror offenses.