Sen. [crscore]Rand Paul[/crscore] argues, “I don’t think we need a religious test but I do think we need a pause on immigration from the Middle East.
Appearing on Fox News’s “Happening Now” with Jenna Lee on Tuesday, Paul said, “I’ve introduced legislation that’s not based on religion, but is based on evidence of terrorist activities, evidence of terrorism training, and evidence that we are at some risk of immigration.”
Lee asked Paul to comment on Donald Trump’s statement calling “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” (RELATED: Trump Calls For Moratorium On Muslims Entering United States)
Paul doubled down from his Sunday “Meet the Press” interview insisting, “I don’t think we need a religious test but I do think we need a pause on immigration from the Middle East.” (RELATED: Rand Paul: Stop Middle Eastern Immigration Until ‘We Can Figure Out Who’s Coming, Who’s Going’)
“I would put a pause on all immigration from about 34 countries,” Trump explained. “Some of these countries are non-Islamic; North Korea, Nigeria has a mixture of Christian and Islam, but they all have a high risk for terrorism and I think we should press pause.”
“We have a completely failed immigration system,” Paul insisted. “We have 11 million people who are here illegally, and 40% of them came legally but have overstayed their visa. So we need to know who’s here, and whether they are going to attack us or not.”
“Most of the evidence of terrorism so far in our country has had something to do with immigration. The 19 hijackers came here through our legal immigration system, some were student visas, some were visitors, the Boston bombers came here, also too as asylum seekers. In my town, Bowling Green, Kentucky, we had two Iraqi refugees come here.”
“So absolutely, we need to push pause, we need to have a moratorium until we know whether or not we can actually look at or immigration system and make sure we are not letting people come here to attack us.”