GOP Vice Presidential candidate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was recently a guest on The Charlie Sykes Show radio program, and was asked for some details about Trump’s controversial plan to ban anyone from certain countries that have been home to terrorism from coming to U.S. Trump has previously called for banning Muslims from entering the United States, and, recently called for suspending immigration from “any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.”
Pence, who previously called for suspending Indiana’s participation in the nation’s Syrian refugee program which allows specially-selected victims of ISIS and Syria's on-going civil war, to find new homes in the United States, was asked for details about Trump's ban. Specifically, he was asked if the ban would extend to Christians and Jews from those countries, many of whom are specifically targeted by ISIS.
Gov. Mike Pence: We should temporarily suspend immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, which I think is altogether fitting and appropriate. When you look at the Syrian refugee program—we had another incident in Belgium over the weekend—the simple fact is that both our homeland security and FBI have said there are countries like Syria where people are coming in through routine means, the refugees program and otherwise, and we can simply not know who they are for sure. So suspending that program from those countries, I think, is in the best interest of the security of our people.”
Charlie Sykes: So there’s no longer a proposed temporary ban on Muslims? It would be anyone from those countries, including Christians, Jews?
Gov. Pence: I think what you heard in the convention speech, what we talked about out on the stump is that we would temporarily suspend from countries or from territories if you will—the caliphate obviously of ISIS expands beyond one country—but to say that individuals that come from regions or countries that have been compromised by terrorism, that we would expand that immigration. I think that’s appropriate until we develop a new vetting system.”
ISIS has killed thousands and displaced millions in parts of the Middle East. Most of their victims are fellow Muslims, but they also regularly target religious minorities. Discuss
Ted Cruz made a statement to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly about actively looking for illegal immigrants to deport. "Of course you would," Cruz told O'Reilly. "That's what [Immigrations and Customs Enforcement] exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws that apprehends and deports them." O'Reilly then laid out a hypothetical scenario for Cruz: A father who "overstays his visa — and he's got a couple of kids." O'Reilly asked Cruz whether he, as president, would "send the feds to his house, take him out and put him back on a plane." To which Cruz responded, "You better believe it."
While this position itself is hardly shocking, it is interesting to note that Cruz's opinion on this subject only one month ago directly opposed his current views. In January, the presidential hopeful dismissed a "deportation force" and told CNN: "I don't intend to send jackboots to knock on your door and every door in America. That's not how we enforce the law for any crime." Cruz's opponents believe this apparent change of heart is a strategic switch. A campaign spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio, Joe Pounder, tweeted: "Tonight, @tedcruz endorsed an idea he expressly rejected just five weeks ago. What changed? SC." Discuss
Significant changes to American immigration policy could be made before the end of the year. According to a new report from Fox News based on an unnamed White House source, President Obama will unveil his “10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action,” possibly by next week. Along with measures like increasing pay for immigration officers and ramping up border security, the plan would also prevent the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants in the country illegally, through "deferred action."
The President’s plan would broaden the eligibility requirements of a current policy that grants deferred action to immigrants who came into the country illegally as children (expanding it to reach about 300,000 new individuals), and, most significantly, would also give the same protection to immigrant parents who have children born in the U.S. That number is more than 4.5 million people.
Other aspects of the plan would promote the legal naturalization process and work visa programs. Despite the White House source’s claim that the President would proceed with the plan through his executive authority if necessary, he could face some opposition in Congress, where lawmakers control the money needed to move forward with it ... Discuss
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