Debate over the refugee issue has intensified following reports that a Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the men who carried out the attacks. He apparently entered Europe through Greece as part of a wave of refugees.
The Obama administration has set a goal of admitting thousands of refugees from the war-torn country over the next several years.
On the campaign trail, Republican presidential contenders are challenging the idea.
“There is currently no ability to vet these people, and by doing so we are putting America at risk,” Ben Carson said Monday.
Speaking in Turkey, the president stood by his initial plan, provided the immigrants are subjected to “rigorous screening and security checks.”
“The values that we’re fighting against ISIL for are precisely that we don’t discriminate against people because of their faith,” Mr. Obama said. “We don’t kill people because they’re different than us. That’s what separates us from them.”
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