MANCHESTER, N.H., Feb. 8 (UPI) — Donald Trump on Monday said he’d be able to look into the face of Syrian refugee children who are hoping to come to the United States to attend school and say, “You can’t come here.”
Trump made the comment during a town hall event in New Hampshire in response to a question from an audience member.
“I’m wondering if you would be able to look at these children in the face and tell them that they are not allowed to go to school here?” asked a man who said he was from Connecticut.
“How long have they been here?” Trump responds.
“Some of them aren’t here yet,” the man replies.
“Oh. I can look in their faces and say, ‘You can’t come here,’” Trump said, receiving scattered applause from the audience.
Trump called for the Gulf States in the Middle East to increase efforts to resettle refugees with financial support from the United States. He said “safe-zones” should be established in Syria, where refugees can be held until the Syrian civil war is resolved.
But Trump continued his call to prevent the admission of refugees into the United States — including children — due to the influential threat posed by the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, ISIL and ISIS.
“We don’t know where their parents come from, they have no documentation whatsoever,” Trump said. “I’ve talked to the greatest legal people, spoken to the greatest security people. There’s absolutely no way of saying where these people come from. They may be from Syria, they may be ISIS, they may be ISIS related.”