WASHINGTON D.C. – Republicans want the border closed (at least for now) to Syrian refugees.
"Pause" is the word House Speaker Paul Ryan is using in the wake of the Paris attacks. But President Obama disagrees, and he’s showing no sign of backing off on plans to bring 10,000 Syrians in, saying the screening process of prospective immigrants is intense.
“They are subjected to the most rigorous process conceivable. The intelligence community vets fully who they are. Biometrics are applied to determine whether they are in fact somebody who might threaten the United States."
It is all coming up after reports that one of the Islamic State attackers in Paris may have arrived in France with a Syrian passport among a wave of refugees. That said, Germany's top security official said the passport may have been a fake intended to stoke fears.
Either way, on the campaign trail, candidates tend to be towing party lines, some more colorfully than others.
“What’s our president doing? Is he insane?” said Donald Trump.
“For this point in time, in light of what we're seeing in the world, it's reasonable to stop,” said Gov. John Kasich.
Ted Cruz says we should ban Muslim refugees but accept Christian ones, and Jeb Bush initially said we can't shut people out, but then later softened his stance.
Granted, even the other side of the aisle isn't necessarily standing there with arms wide open. The vetting process reportedly averages 18 to 24 months. But the argument is that the reason the U.S. hasn't had terrorist problems quite like Europe is because we welcome and assimilate immigrants so well.
“We have made people feel that if they did their part, sent their kids to school, they worked hard there would be a place for them in America,” said Hillary Clinton.