Fox Host Claims That America Has "Helped Enough" With Syrian Refugee Crisis
Andrea Tantaros: "We've Helped Enough. And I Think That There's Things We Can Do To Help Them Stay In Their Home Country Close To Their Families, Since We Can't Vet Them"
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From the April 7 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:
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HARRIS FAULKNER (CO-HOST): The first Syrian refugee family is now arriving in Kansas City, Missouri. They got here under a program which brings them into the United States in a very fast time. A husband, who is being resettled with his wife and five children, says he is thankful to Jordan for taking them in for three years when they fled Syria's civil war. Since October, one thousand refugees have moved to the United States from Jordan. And that number could grow dramatically with President Obama setting a target of bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees by end of this September. And this is important. A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Jordan says, the number is "a floor, not a ceiling." Adding that while the resettlement process usually takes up to two years, this so-called surge operation will reduce the time to three months. So, Doctor, I want to start with you, with this idea that, you know, we don't really have a firm grasp on what the exact numbers are going to be,but this family coming in, some demographics, 45-year-old dad, five children. He and his wife coming here. They came through on this fast, fast, program. We know something about them. They have been vetted, but we've told that vetting them is going to be the problem.
MARC SIEGEL: Harris, I want to look at it from the health point of view, I have to tell you I worry that we wouldn't be equipped to handle their healthcare needs here. Having said that, I want you to know that before I came here I gave a talk, coincidentally, with a Chinese-American woman physician who was over there with Doctors Without Borders in the refugee camps. First of all, because she was a woman and because she was Chinese, she was completely mistreated by the Muslim community. She couldn't swim in same swimming pool that the men swam in, she couldn't sit at the same tables. So there is a cultural issue. The medical issue was that inside the refugee camps, there's people having heart attacks, people having problems with diabetes, people with rampant infections. They don't have thefacilities to take care of them. All they have is their stethoscope. So, there is a real health care emergency over there. My heart goes out to them. I don't think we're the solution, but I think that maybe we could send more aid.
ANDREA TANTAROS (CO-HOST): So, there's not just medical concerns, there's security concerns and even, economic concerns. And even though the president says women and children, we know that over 70 percent of the population of refugees are Muslim, military-aged men. And all you have to do is look at Europe. Now, his own administration, the president's as you point out, Sandra, they say 18 to 24 months. So my question is, why the rush? Why a surge of refugees that we can't vet when there is all these concerns? And not just that, there is a cease-fire in Syria currently that happens to be working. It looks like President Obama's goal of getting Assad out isn't going to happen. So if we can't set up camps there, why not rely on Saudi Arabia? We just gave them $89 million.
FAULKNER: It's an excellent question.
TANTAROS: Eighty-nine million dollars, we've pumped over 100 million into to the refugee crisis. We've given them so much money in aid. We've helped enough. And I think that there's things we can do to help them stay in their home country close to their families, since we can't vet them.