Donald Trump Has a Horrible Message for Children of Refugees

February 8th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

At a rally in Salem, New Hampshire on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that he would have no problem turning away the children of Syrian refugees from the United States border. He simultaneously claimed to have "a bigger heart than anybody in this room."

Donald Trump

Asked by a Greenwich, Connecticut resident whether he'd be able to deny refugee children entry to communities like his, Trump said that the national security concerns posed by their parents made the prospect of relocation in the U.S. too risky.

"I can look at their face and say, 'You can't come here,'" Trump said. "We don't know where their parents come from. They have no documentation whatsoever... I've talked to the greatest legal people, I've spoken to the greatest security people. There's absolutely no way of saying where these people come from. They may be from Syria, they may be ISIS, they may be ISIS-related."

As ATTN: has previously reported, the screening process for Syrian refugees is extensive, involving multiple international and federal agencies such as the United Nations, FBI, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. The vetting process can take anywhere from 18 months to three years.

Trump also argued that most Syrian refugees in the country were men — a misleading claim that ignores the fact that only about two percent of those resettled in the U.S. are "single males of combat age," according to a State Department official. He ended his response to the audience member by reaffirming his opposition to refugees entering Greenwich or the U.S. as a whole.

"I don't think they should be moving into Greenwich, Connecticut," he said sharply. "I don't think they should be coming into the United States."

To learn more about the refugee screening process in the U.S., check out this ATTN: video: