CNN Anchor Defends Refugee Policy: Isn’t the US Message ‘Send Us Your Weary’?

Posted: Nov 14, 2015 10:45 AM

Paris is in shock after coming under siege by terrorists in a savage, coordinated attack Friday night that claimed the lives of over 100 citizens. World leaders have condemned the barbaric action and insisted that we stand in “solidarity” with the people of France. Others have gone further to say the United States needs to take steps to prevent the same tragedy from occurring on our shores.

Of greatest concern is the Obama administration’s new plan to accept over 10,000 Syrian refugees over the course of the next year. In September, Secretary of State John Kerry said they would accept 100,000 by 2017. Saturday morning on “Fox and Friends,” senator and presidential candidate Ted (R-TX) said the plan was sheer “lunacy.”

Not everyone is of the same mind, however. CNN’s Michael Smerconish has a much different take on the situation, something he made clear in his interview this morning with another presidential contender, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR).

“I look at this,” Smerconish said, and I have more “sympathy” for these refugees eager to escape this kind of terror in their own countries. Don’t you have sympathy for them? Smerconish demanded of Huckabee.

Huckabee answered by saying that doesn’t mean we should bring all refugees over to the States. Many of them don’t understand our language and our culture and that could be dangerous, he suggested.

Smerconish wouldn’t let up, insisting that opening our borders to Muslim refugees is the American way.

“I’ve got four kids at home,” he said. “Send us your weary. Isn’t that what the United States is all about?”

“Yeah, but it doesn’t say send us your terrorists.” Huckabee returned. “For goodness’ sake Michael!”

Huckabee acknowledged the U.S. should do all it can to send refugees humanitarian aid, but not outright invite them to our home. Our security forces have admitted they don’t even have adequate ability to screen who is and who is not a terrorist, he added.

“Lets’s give them safe haven,” he said. “But it doesn’t have to be in the borders of the U.S.”