Donald Trump stuck to his nativist roots last Sunday, Oct. 4, saying to ABC’s This Week host George Stephanopoulos, “there aren’t that many women, there aren’t that many children,” in defense of his policy to send back any Syrian refugees that seek asylum in the United States given he wins presidency.
Of course, this wasn’t the only time Trump misspoke on the matter. Repeatedly, as in whenever the subject comes up, he doesn’t necessarily have a good idea of what he’s saying. During multiple speeches at different campaign visits Trump has made similar claims and he also reported the same misnomers during an interview on Fox News.
To set the record straight, just as Stephanopoulos did, half of the 3 million refugees settled in refugee camps outside of Syria in the midst of their civil war are children. The issue is much deeper than that, too, as many displaced Syrians have yet to exit the war-ridden country.
Trump is convinced that the United States is on its way to allowing 200 thousand individuals, most of whom he claims to be men, into the United States from Syria.
Though Trump may be speaking of the 500 thousand refugees who fled to Europe already, his statistics would still be massively flawed despite the fact that the group does have a larger male makeup than do most refugee camps.
That inaccuracy aside, the goal of the United States is to accept 185 thousand refugees from all over the world over the next two years. This number would increase the amount of refugees the U.S. averagely allows in by over 22 thousand a year. Such an increase is unlikely anyways without first gaining Congressional approval.
Only about 10 thousand of the refugees for 2016 are projected to be Syrian, though that number is a massive increase from the 2 percent ratio in 2015.
Trump has vowed that when he becomes president, Syrian refugees can add themselves to the long list of people he will deport. Trump’s reasoning for doing so is more complex with Syrian refugees as he claims they might be fronting as a “Trojan horse” for the Islamic State.
Because Trump claims that most of the refugees will be “abled-bodied” men, he fears that terrorism will run rampant among their population. Trump even claims that the refugees are likely to be members of IS.
His claim makes it seem as though the refugees would infiltrate the U.S. military and form a coup to overthrow us from within. It’s my guess that that’s why Trump inaccurately reported such a high number of male, Syrian, IS immigrants.
Aside from his outlandish stance on Syrian refugee immigration, Trump also full heartedly supports Russia’s intervention after Russia supposedly targeted rebel fighters that have been receiving aid from western nations and also added, ““I’m sure Assad is a bad guy, but you can have worse,” when speaking of the conflict. Bashar al Assad and Syrian pro-government military forces are now responsible for 85 percent of civilians deaths in the Syrian civil war.
The whole predicament is just one more instance in which Trump manages to make his comments worthy of fear as he does now have the support and potential to lead the U.S. into the dirt. His misconception and overall lack of knowledge on many subjects is astonishing and alarming.