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Paris attacks intensify U.S. migrant debate

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 01:37

The Paris massacre's put the spotlight on migrants, including in the U.S. where President Barack Obama plans to accept 10, 000. Paul Chapman reports.

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The Paris massacre's led several Western nations to question their willingness to accept migrants, not least in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The state governor is among those demanding a halt to plans to take 10, 000 Syrian refugees next year after Syria-based Islamic State said it was behind the Paris bloodshed. Many residents disagree. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SHAHAB KHAN, NEW JERSEY RESIDENT, SAYING: "Somebody needs to take care of them, otherwise they have no future, nowhere, and America is known for having...giving the American dream, giving a chance to rebuild their life again." (SOUNDBITE)(English) DAVE JOSEPH, NEW JERSEY RESIDENT, SAYING: "We're a nation of immigrants. My grandparents came here from Albania two generations ago. They were refugees, they were let in . We've done well here in this country. We can't close our doors." Jim Sues is executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' New Jersey chapter. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JIM SUES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NEW JERSEY CHAPTER OF THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS, SAYING: "The Syrian refugees are victims themselves and they should not have to pay for the sins of ISIS and victims of ISIS." House Speaker Paul Ryan says there's a Republican plan for legislation to pause the Syrian refugee programme. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN SAYING: "It calls for a new standard of verification for refugees from Syria and Iraq. It would mean a pause in the programme until we can be certain beyond any doubt that those coming here are not a threat." President Barack Obama's using his Twitter page to defend the refugee plan. He says slamming the door would a betrayal of the nation's deepest values.

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Paris attacks intensify U.S. migrant debate

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 01:37