Mitt Romney: It's America's 'National Character’ to Welcome Thousands of Refugees
'We are a nation that welcomes with open arms'
Republican Senator Mitt Romney said it was America's “national character” to accept refugees seeking asylum amid the chaos in Afghanistan following Joe Biden's troop withdrawal.
During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union:" Anchor Jake Tapper said:
“Your home state of Utah is welcoming Afghan refugees, as I would expect, from Utah. But many conservative voices, including Republican lawmakers, have been speaking out against letting Afghans come into the country."
"Congressman Matt Rosendale said this crisis, quote, ‘Is not an excuse to flood our country with refugees from Afghanistan and on and on.’"
"How do you think the majority of the Republicans in the House and Senate would vote when asked if the U.S. should accept Afghan refugees?”
“I don’t really know, of course. I believe in their heart of hearts that they recognize that we have a moral responsibility, and in keeping with our national character, we welcome people into our country who seek asylum, and those particularly who have fought alongside our troops and have enabled our troops to have a higher degree of safety than they would have had otherwise."
"Those are people to whom we owe a debt of gratitude, and we would welcome them into our country."
"I think it’s one of the characteristics of our great nation. We are a nation that welcomes with open arms our friends around the world," he said.
"We’re talking 10,000, 20,000, 30,000, maybe 50,000 Afghans."
"How many are coming across the border illegally?"
"That number is exceeded almost every month. So let’s put this in perspective," he added.
"I, for one, am very pleased we’ll have individuals that come to our country that can contribute to America and believe in the principles upon which it was founded.”
Last week, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) pleaded with the U.S to take in Afghan refugees in a new op-ed p.
Meanwhile, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demanded Biden to resettle a minimum of 200,000 Afghan refugees.
The socialist Rep said she supports increasing the number of available Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) to 200,000 as thousands of Afghans try to flee the country.
Ocasio-Cortez told The Independent:
"I believe we need to move, and the administration needs to move as quickly as possible and as expansively as possible, ensuring that we are raising the amount of refugee visas to whatever amount is necessary."
"I would say the rock bottom is 200,000, but I think it should be whatever is necessary."