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REALITY CHECK: Donald Trump’s and Mike Pence’s Rejection of Refugees is Un-American


WASHINGTON - October 04, 2016 -

“Educators are role models. We strive to teach our children the difference between right and wrong – and sometimes doing the right thing takes courage. Hillary Clinton’s and Tim Kaine’s proposal for the Syrian refugee crisis reflects the values this country was founded on. Donald Trump’s and Mike Pence’s rejection of human beings in dire need provides for a stark contrast. Their push to deport refugees that have already made America home is just plain wrong – and it’s un-American, too.” - Sonya Shpilyuk, High School Teacher, Gaithersburg, MD


THE FACTS: Hillary has put forward a detailed plan on immigration, whereas Trump’s signature issue is centered on the unrealistic plans of building a wall and mass deportation of millions of immigrants. Mike Pence’s legislative history shows support of the most draconian immigration laws. Their plans for Syrian refugees are similarly presented.

  • “Trump proposed temporarily banning all Muslims from entering the country… He has said that if elected he would not only prevent Syrian refugees from coming to the United States, but he would deport those already in the country.” http://www.cfr.org/campaign2016/donald-trump/on-immigration
  • “Clinton said the United States should accept as many as 65,000 Syrian refugees, substantially more than the 10,000 President Obama proposed. Weeks later, after the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, she called for greater vigilance in screening migrants coming to the United States, but warned against denying entry based on country of origin or religion, stating, ‘It would be a cruel irony indeed if ISIS can force families from their homes, and then also prevent them from ever finding new ones. We should be doing more to ease this humanitarian crisis, not less, she said.’ ” http://www.cfr.org/campaign2016/hillary-clinton/on-immigration

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