Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has made more controversial comments about immigration, this time about Syrian refugees welcomed into the United States. The government recently announced that it would allow 10,000 more refugees—fleeing a long-standing civil war and the spread of ISIS—into the country, as hundreds of thousands of others have fled to Europe. Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Trump told supporters he was “putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they’re going back.” He went as far as to claim that the refugees escaping violence could be members of ISIS and the refugee crisis was actually “one of the great tactical ploys of all time.” Thousands of refugees, including young children, have died while attempting to leave Syria, and the on-going violence in the country has killed more than 300,000 Syrians.
At a different campaign event, fellow GOP candidate Jeb Bush was asked about how America could help Syrian refugees, and he said,
I think we’re duty bound to provide support. This is normally what we do unbelievably well. We act on our heart, we organize it well, we take care of people. This is typically with support of government, but it’s normally with organizations that do great work ... And people are leaving not because they’re immigrants looking for a better life. They’re leaving because if not, they’ll die. It’s that simple. And we have to play a role in providing support.
According to a new report from the International Organization for Migrant, so far in 2015, more than 500,000 migrants arrived in Europe by boat. As The Daily Beast notes, most of the migrants, who were fleeing violence, instability and poverty in parts of North Africa and the Middle East, came into the continent through Greece. Discuss
In a move that the New York Times has described as “landmark,” China has announced new measures that will make it part of international efforts to address climate change. President Xi Jinping’s country is the biggest polluter in the world, but a new cap-and-trade system—to go into effect in 2017—will seek to reduce greenhouse emissions across many of its major industries. China’s new policy will also seek to incentivize companies to use cleaner sources of energy. President Xi is currently in Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. officials. Discuss
On Wednesday, leaders from around the European Union pledged to give more than $1 billion to help refugees fleeing instability and violence in regions including Syria, North Africa and the Middle East. The money will be given to the U.N.’s refugee agency as well as the World Food Program to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have poured into Europe in recent months. Discuss
The man at the center of a disturbing incident, in which a Hungarian journalist was caught on camera tripping refugees, is headed to Spain with his family thanks to a generous soccer academy. Osama Abdul Mohsen, who was carrying his young son at the time, was among several refugees who were tripped and kicked by a camerawoman as they fled authorities on the Hungarian border. The president of Spain’s CENAFE soccer school, which trains coaches, was so moved by a video of the incident and the plight of refugees like Moshen that he decided to do
something. Miguel Ángel Galán is sponsoring Moshen and his family to come to Spain, and will provide housing for them as the school helps Moshen find a new job. Coincidentally, Moshen’s past experience may help his employment chances—in Syria, he was a soccer coach. Discuss