Trump and Syrian refugees in the US: separating the facts from fiction

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Donald Trump’s hot rhetoric taps into Americans’ serious anxieties about national security and the threat of terrorism – but how much of it is true?

The resettlement of Syrian refugees has been a political flashpoint of the US presidential election. This week, Donald Trump used a speech outlining his hardline views on immigration and national security to once again raise the specter that terrorists could infiltrate the Syrian resettlement program in the US.

As a safeguard, the Republican nominee announced that his administration would suspend immigration from Syria and Libya. Those seeking to enter the US would be subject to an “extreme vetting” process that Trump emphasized would be “so tough”.

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