As part of the WikiLeaks document dump on Friday, Hillary Clinton was shown to have admitted during a paid speech in 2013 that large numbers of Syrian migrants cannot be properly vetted, which essentially argues against her current proposal to increase the flow of refugees to the United States.
A partial transcript of the speech, given to the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Vanguard Luncheon in October 2013, was released as part of thousands of hacked emails to and from Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta.
“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,” Clinton said during the speech.
“Jordan because it’s on their border and they have hundreds of thousands of refugees and they can’t possibly vet all those refugees so they don’t know if, you know, Jihadists are coming in along with legitimate refugees.”
Following terrorist attacks in New York and New Jersey in September, Clinton changed her language on the issue, suggesting the vetting process for refugees needed to be rigorous.
“So I am absolutely in favor of and have long been an advocate for tough vetting, for making sure that we don’t let people into this country — and not just people who come here to settle, but we need a better visa system,” Clinton said during a press conference in New York on Sept. 19.
“This is the kind of challenge that law enforcement can be and is prepared to address — namely, going after anyone who would threaten the United States.”
Despite the tougher rhetoric coming from Clinton, Republican nominee Donald Trump has accused the former secretary of state of wanting to increase the refugees let into the United States by 550 percent, a claim backed up by fact checker Politifact.
Politifact noted back in June that in September 2015, Clinton was asked on CBS’ Face the Nation about the number of refugees President Barack Obama had been planning to let in, which was 10,000.
“Look, we’re facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II, and I think the United States has to do more, and 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,” Clinton said in response.
Clinton added that she would be “looking to really emphasize some of those who are most vulnerable, a lot of the persecuted religious minorities, including Christians, and some who have been brutalized, like the Yazidi women.”
As Politifact noted, “A jump to 65,000 would be a 550 percent increase.”
Thus, it concluded Trump’s statement was “mostly accurate” and rated “mostly true.”
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