Add U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to the growing list of those condemning Republican Presidential front runner and businessman Donald Trump’s comments regarding Muslim immigration into the country following the San Bernardino massacre.
Trump says he now believes the U.S. should stop allowing the immigration of Muslims into the U.S. because of the risk that it would allow in radicalized Muslims who would commit terror acts in the U.S. The woman involved in the massacre, a native Pakistani, had become a radicalized Muslim while in Saudi Arabia who then used a matrimonial visa to enter the United States according to the F.B.I.
Durbin, who earlier supported increasing the number of Syrian refugees who would be allowed to immigrate into the U.S., says Trump’s rhetoric unfairly vilifies billions of Muslims worldwide.
The Senator said during a news conference Tuesday responding to Trump’s comments that he had recently met with Syrian refugees who are Muslims and he says pose no danger to Americans, and in fact are only seeking a safe refuge in which to re-settle. “We can keep America safe and we can keep our values safe by receiving and accepting these refugees,” Durbin said.
Durbin also spoke on the Senate floor on Trump’s comments, saying, “The fact that the Republicans would start by excluding refugees and now Mr. Trump is taking it to the extreme of excluding people of a religious faith – the Muslim religion – is an indication of a conversation in American politics which needs to stop. We need to reflect once again on the fundamental principles of this question and the fundamental values of this country as well.”
Sen. Durbin is also calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to drop his opposition to resettling Syrian refugees in Illinois, and has asked him to meet personally with the Syrian refugee families in the state.