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Senator, do you see any merit in the President's actions? What do you believe should be the security screening? What should be the vetting for immigrants coming in?
Well, listen it's important to remember that no matter how many times he referenced 9/11, the four countries that were of origin for the 9/11 attackers — none of them are on this list.
And I would argue that we should go to a discussion about a—um pathway in which there's no screening. Right now people can come to the United States from Europe through the visa waiver program and we know they have extremist cells with ou-if they're citizens in Europe without almost any security vetting. And the europeans have been miserable about sharing information with eachother about threats inside that continent. So I uh I would go towards uh towards towards a European sorta bent in looking at screening.
And then maybe let's just make sure that if folks get to this country and we suspect them of having connections to terrorism that they shouldn't be able to an assault weapon.
Murphy is proposing an end to visa-free travel to the U.S. if European nations are not more forthcoming with information about counterterrorism investigations.
HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy reiterated his call for new restrictions on a visa waiver program that allows Europeans to travel freely to the United States.
"This is a moment for the United States to have some really tough conversations with Europe," the Connecticut Democrat said at a state Capitol press conference Wednesday morning. "The United States is vulnerable to the Europeans' inability to root out these terrorists."
"They are gone through exhaustive interviewing process and that we're largely taking women and children through the refugee process. This idea that political refugees to this country are young males is false," he said.
Admitting to some lapse in the system, Murphy said, "The reality is that we do have some problems in our immigration system. Right now, if you're coming from Europe, you're getting almost no screen. So some of us want to beef up the screening we do for people coming from countries that are in the Visa waiver program."
A lot of us have believed that that number should get bigger rather than smaller, so long you can do a tight security vet, which we do.
Murphy's office later clarified to the Washington Free Beacon that the senator was not suggesting that the U.S. vet refugees like the Europeans do but rather place tighter controls on people from Europe who travel to America through the Visa Waiver Program. A Murphy spokesman said the senator was arguing the current U.S. refugee program involves sufficient vetting, so the focus should be on the Visa Waiver Program.
The European model for vetting refugees has been criticized for not being thorough enough, particularly after it was reported that one of the terrorists who carried out the Paris attacks in November 2015 had used a forged Syrian passport to travel into Europe as a supposed refugee.
(An earlier version of this report picked up on Murphy's comment "that we should go towards a discussion about a pathway in which there's absolutely no screening." Murphy's office later contacted CNSNews.com to say Murphy wasn't advocating "absolutely no screening"; he was advocating stricter screening in the Visa Waiver Program, instead of the refugee program.)
dissecting misinfo disinfo, as usual. too bad the piece of disinfo spread by fake news is already gospel to their targeted audience.
And I would argue that we should go to a discussion about a—um pathway in which there's no screening.