Today, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell spoke with White House Communications Director Jen Psaki about the number of Syrian refugees coming to America this year. She responds to the governors and Republicans who are claiming the Syrian refugees are not being vetted.
"There is a great deal of misinformation out there about our refugee program, how it works," she explains. "It is the most stringent and strict and thorough process applied to any traveler trying to get into the United States."
"We can't take a step back and not let the vulnerable people in populations around the world into this country. That's the core of who we are in America."
MITCHELL: And finally, you worked at the State Department, you are familiar with the process, the vetting process. Can you respond to the Republicans who are calling for a halt, the governors who say don't let Syrian refugees in, they're not vetted.? Donald Trump said they're not vetted at all. Can you respond to that?
PSAKI: I certainly can. First, Andrea, the President's focus is on keeping the American people safe and we certainly understand that that is the focus of governors as well. But there is a great deal of misinformation out there about our refugee program, how it works. It is the most stringent and strict and thorough process applied to any traveler trying to get into the United States.
That is a process that is lengthy. It's obviously -- it takes some time for refugees to get in here.