In Wednesday night’s debate, Donald Trump went beyond implying that Syrian refugees might be terrorist operatives: he outright said that in “many cases” the refugees are “definitely” ISIS aligned.
There is no evidence to back up Trump’s claim.
“She’s taking in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, who probably in many cases — not probably, who are definitely in many cases ISIS aligned. And we now have them in our country. Wait until you see — this is going to be the great Trojan horse. Wait until you see what happens in the coming years,” Trump said. “Lots of luck, Hillary. Thanks a lot for doing a great job.”
The vetting process for refugees is extremely extensive. It typically takes up to 18 to 24 months, and involves multiple multiple federal intelligence and security agencies as well as the United Nations (up to 9 agencies are involved in total).
Refugees do not get to choose which country they want to be resettled in.
Additionally, out of the 784,000 refugees the United States has let in since 9/11, only three have been arrested for terrorist activity. None were planned attacks inside the United States.
The Syrian crisis is the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII.