Then vs now: Chuck Schumer on pausing Muslim refugees
By now you have all either seen the video, heard the comments, or read the transcript of Chuck Schumer crying while calling Donald Trump’s temporary pause in accepting refugees from some countries with ties to terrorism. Amid tears the new Senate leader claimed this so-called Muslim ban was “mean-spirited and un-American,” however he has not always felt this way.
I do not recall any outrage from Chuck Schumer when Barack Obama halted immigration from Iraq for 6 months back in 2011 but in addition to his silence back then he actually talked about the possibility Barack Obama would have to halt Syrian refugees from coming into the country back in 2015.
Here is more:
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, on Tuesday said it may be necessary to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States.
Schumer, however, declined to take the option off the table ahead of a special briefing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon on the process that is now used to vet refugees entering the United States.
“We’re waiting for the briefing tomorrow, a pause may be necessary. We’re going to look at it,” he said.
And he was not the only Democrat:
Centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) signed a letter to President Obama Monday calling on him not to allow another Syrian refugee into the country unless federal authorities can guarantee with 100-percent assurance they are not connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Back then Chuck Schumer apparently thought it might be the responsible thing to do but now it is “mean-spirited and un-American” and will be used as a recruiting tool for ISIS. Isn’t it funny how things change depending on which party is in power?
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium