GOP senator ‘a little concerned’ about refugees in Canada

GOP senator ‘a little concerned’ about refugees in Canada
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Sen. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonJohnson becomes fourth GOP senator unwilling to proceed on healthcare bill Overnight Healthcare: CBO score imperils ObamaCare repeal | Breaking down the numbers | WH hits back over score | Trump phones holdouts | Dems plan floor protest New CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Wisc.) on Sunday said he is “a little concerned” about radical Islamic terrorists posing as refugees entering Canada. 

The Wisconsin lawmaker said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expedited the process of approving asylum seekers in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis.

“Of course, with Prime Minister Trudeau’s announced plan of basically tripling the number of refugees to bring in – we held a hearing about this, actually,” Johnson told radio show host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 New York.

“And on average, prior to this program, it would take about 62 months for Canada to properly vet a refugee,” he added. “Now they’re going to triple the number they’re going to let in, and they’re going to do it in less than 12 months.”

“So, yeah, I’m a little concerned that maybe Islamic terrorists could infiltrate that flow of refugees and then come across that very porous northern border.”

House Republicans in November voted to impose more strict screening requirements for Syrian refugees attempting to enter the country.

Johnson emphasized that the southern border still poses the greater threat to national security.

“Well, certainly our greatest threat really is what we call ‘special-interest aliens’ coming in from South and Central America coming through our porous southern border, but our northern border is probably more porous,” he said.