Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is hoping to link the current fight over refugees to a housing and transportation funding bill.
Paul, who is running for president, is offering an amendment to the fiscal year 2016 spending bill for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ban refugees from 34 countries or territories from getting any assistance to welfare or social programs funded by the legislation.
“Make no mistake, we have been attacked in the past by refugees or by people posing as refugees,” Paul said. “I don’t think we should continue adding people to the rolls of those coming from the Middle East until we absolutely know who is in our country and what their intentions are.”
The Kentucky Republican added that his amendment says “that we’re not going to bring them here and put them on government assistance. When the poem beneath the Statue of Liberty says give me your tired, give me your poor, it didn’t say come to our country and we’ll put you on welfare.”