• Cheney: Banning Muslim Immigration ‘Goes Against Everything We Stand For’

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney (R) denounced GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily restrict Muslims immigrants from entering the U.S. on Monday.

    “I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in,” he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “I mean, religious freedom has been a very important part of our history and where we came from. A lot of people, my ancestors got here, because they were Puritans.”

    The former vice president said he does, however, support more stringent screening of refugees coming into the U.S.

    “It’s a serious problem to make certain that the people coming in don’t represent ISIS,” he said. “You’ve got to set up a vetting process, and that’s crucial, but I think the way you’ve got to begin to deal with that problem is to go back and look at why they’re here, and they’re here because of what’s going on in the Middle East.”

    Cheney proposed establishing “safety zones” within Syria to reflux the flow of refugees pouring in to Europe and the U.S, which Trump has also suggested.

    “I’ve heard proposals that I think make sense—that we ought to establish safety zones, if you will, in the northern part of Syria where you’ve got them secured, you’ve got sufficient forces, hopefully of locals that would be there to protect, the area, but that’s where people who are fleeing the terrible tragedy that’s going on inside the caliphate, a place where they could reside,” Cheney said. “But it also takes the pressure, then, off of the refugee flow, the move to Europe of thousands of refugees and the move here to the United States.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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