VIA| Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that he will expel Syrian refugees living in the U.S. if he is elected, a reversal from last month when he called for the U.S. to accept them.
At a rally in New Hampshire Wednesday night, the businessman and reality television personality told the crowd that he would push Syrian refugees living in the U.S. out, because they could be Islamic State militants.
“I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they’re going back,” Mr. Trump told the crowd.
Early last month, Mr. Trump compared the Syrian refugee crisis embroiling Europe to the mass migrations caused by World War II, and said that the U.S. had an obligation to accept refugees on a “humanitarian basis.”
“It’s living in hell in Syria, there is no question about it,” Mr. Trump said. “Something has to be done.”
Since 2011, the U.S. has taken in about 1,600 Syrians, and the White House has proposed admitting 10,000 refugees from the country next year. The State Department said last week that the U.S. would increase the number of refugees it accepts from around the world to 100,000 a year.
Under Mr. Trump’s proposals, the Syrians would be joined on the way out of the country by the estimated estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., whom Mr. Trump has said he would deport within two years.
Also on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump discussed his plan to eliminate federal income taxes for poor residents and reduce corporate rates, a proposal estimated to increase the federal budget deficit by about $10 trillion over the next decade.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump cancelled a Friday rally in Virginia Beach ahead of the threatened landfall of Hurricane Joaquin. In a statement, the businessman said that 10,000 had been expected to attend, but “everyone’s safety is of far more importance to me.”
The businessman is still scheduled to hold a rally in Tennessee Saturday afternoon.