Shortly after President Donald Trump’s executive order implementing his travel ban and freeze on Syrian refugee resettlement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced refugees were still welcome in Canada. Had Trump’s executive order not been overturned by the 9th Circuit, it would’ve unintentionally made Canada take the refugees – and have them pay for it.
Speaking of refugees, while Donald Trump doesn’t want to take in refugees to America due to concerns of terrorists slipping through the cracks, that doesn’t mean he’ll be doing nothing to help them.
Shortly after the executive order implementing his refugee halt was signed, Trump met with Saudi King Salman to work on creating safe zones for refugees in Syria and Yemen. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper to resettle refugees in Syria and surrounding nations too – $1,057 per refugee per year on average, verses over $12,000 to resettle them in the U.S.
As for those safe zones, much like the border wall, Trump is making it clear that America won’t be paying for it.
As ABC News reported: President Trump, speaking at a campaign rally in Florida on Saturday evening, said he wants to establish “safe zones” in Syria and other places instead of taking people into the U.S., and that the Gulf states would pay for those safe zones, saying that “they have nothing but money.”
Trump also continued his attacks on media organizations, labeling them “fake news” even as he continued to state information that is factually incorrect.
Trump repeated claims that thousands of people have entered the United States without vetting, despite the fact that legal immigrants and refugees go through an extensive process before entering the country. Trump has previously mentioned the idea of “safe zones” but has not specified that Gulf states would pay for them.
“We’ve allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country and there was no way to vet those people, there was no documentation there was no nothing. So, we’re going to keep our country safe,” Trump said.
He did not elaborate on what the “safe zones” would be but said people would be able to “stay there and live safely in their cities” until Syria is stabilized. He went on to say that “we want people that love us,” in the United States.
The United Nations estimates that more than 6 million people have been displaced by the civil war in Syria with almost 5 million in areas that are under siege.
Trump has mentioned “safe zones” as part of the controversial executive action that banned people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S., including refugees from Syria.
Even with oil prices as depressed as they are now, Saudi Arabia still expects to garner 480 billion riyals ($180 billion) in oil revenue in 2017 (which is massive relative to their $646 billion economy). Given how much our national debt has been exploded under Barack Obama – it would be nice to see the Middle East pay for their own problems for once.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]