Republican: Syrian refugees coming to U.S. for a ‘paid vacation’

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Rep. Mo BrooksMo BrooksHouse GOP avoids debate over immigration in defense bill GOP rep. on 'Lucifer' remark: Boehner has ‘said much, much worse’ House conservatives push for strong majority of majority rule MORE (R-Ala.) says refugees fleeing war-torn Syria are trying to come to the U.S. for a “paid vacation” in the form of generous welfare programs.
 
“I’m one of these folks that think we need to stop paying these folks to come here, and we’re paying them about $15,000 a year in free health care, free food, free shelter, free clothing, free transportation,” Brooks said on the Dale Jackson Show on Friday, as first reported by the liberal media outlet ThinkProgress.
 
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“You know, just go down the litany of wealth-transfer programs that these people are entitled to, and that answers very quickly why so many of them want to come to the United States of America, we’re paying them to come here,” Brooks continued. “Paid vacation!”
 
He clarified that he was talking about “not just refugees, but all the illegal aliens, all the things that [President] Barack Obama is doing that is wrong and perhaps in violation of law with respect to illegal aliens, or irresponsible with respect to taking in refugees from countries that are infested with Muslim terrorist organizations.”
 
In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris last week, the congressman said Islam is an inherently violent faith.
 
“I think you can make a very compelling argument that these terrorists are doing exactly what the Koran tells them to do,” he said.
 
Brooks said that there is a "large segment of the Muslim population" who are not terrorists, but "support what these terrorists are doing."
 
He pointed to a soccer match between Turkey and Greece this week in which, during a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attack, “a vast number of Muslims in the audience started, in fact, applauding the effort of the terrorists to kill the non-Muslims."
 
The House passed a bill Thursday making it more difficult for refugees from Syria to enter the country.

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