Almost immediately after the Brussels terrorist attack yesterday morning, both GOP frontrunners took the opportunity to criticize the current administration’s immigration policies and restate their own stances on the issue.
“The first job of the president is to be commander in chief. It’s unconscionable. It needs to change. … If I am president, I will destroy ISIS.” Said Cruz yesterday, referring to the airport and subway explosions in the city which killed at least 31 people and wounded hundreds.
Cruz also called for an immediate halt on President Obama’s ongoing plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war into the United States. Cruz claims “our vetting programs are woefully insufficient” and argues ISIS has already stated its intentions of infiltrating the country in order to “commit acts of jihad.”
Trump, on the other hand, called for an end to the United States’ visa program, which allows around 20 million people to visit the country each year.
I’ve been talking about this for a long time, and look at Brussels. Brussels was a beautiful city, a beautiful place with zero crime, and now it’s a disaster city.” Said Trump to Fox newscasters. The GOP candidate stands in a particularly peculiar position since in January earlier this year he called for a ban on Muslim immigration and referenced Paris and Brussels as being “in a particularly dire state.”
On the Democrat’s side, frontrunner Hillary Clinton has called for “Americans [to] stand in solidarity with our European allies,” and further stated “terrorists have once again struck at the heart of Europe, but their campaign of hate and fear will not succeed. Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders implored that “we need to have significantly improved intelligence, and not just related to the United States. He have to share intelligence with the rest of the world.”
Although Congress recently put new restrictions on the visa program for dual citizens of Sudan, Iran, Iraq and Syria, the overall program continues unimpeded.