Paul on Syrian Refugees: Can We Afford to Put the World's Poor on Welfare?
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pointed out on "Happening Now" that when refugees come to the United States, they immediately go on welfare.
Like many lawmakers, Paul is calling for a hold on 10,000 Syrian refugees entering the U.S. until security measures can be enhanced.
He has put forth legislation that would suspend the issuance of visas to people from countries with a high risk of terrorism.
In the senator’s view, refugees shouldn’t be entitled to government benefits amid high unemployment in his home state and while many veterans are "having trouble surviving" on their disability payments.
“[Disabled veterans] don’t understand why we’re going to take in the world’s poor and put them on our welfare programs,” Paul added.
“Those who want to come here don’t have a right to come to America. You don’t have a right to be an American citizen.”
Watch the full interview above.