MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Campaigning in Mobile today, Dr. Ben Carson compared some Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs” and said the U.S. should not accept any into the country until it can come up with a more thorough vetting process.
“If there’s a rabid dog running around in the neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way.”
“It doesn’t mean that you hate dogs by any stretch of the imagination, but you’re putting your intellect into motion. You’re thinking, how do I protect my children?
“But at the same time, I love dogs and I’m going to call the humane society and hopefully they can come take this dog away and create this safe environment yet again.”
“What does it take before people become serious about this,” Carson asked. “I don’t know.”
Carson says he strongly opposes President Obama’s plan to bring ten-thousand Syrian refugees to the U.S. He says he’s not anti-Muslim but is anti-Islamic extremism.
“If there’s a rabid dog running around your neighborhood you’re probably not going to assume anything good about that dog and you’re probably going to put your children out of the way,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you hate dogs by any stretch of the imagination, but you’re putting your intellect into motion and thinking ‘how am I going to protect my children?’ At the same time, you love dogs.”
Carson responded to a News-5/Strategy Poll that indicates 63-percent of Alabamians fear a terror attack happening in the state, with 32-percent changing their behavior and plans due to those fears.
“Well, if you listen to what ISIS is saying and what the global jihadists are saying, they are promising that yes they are coming here. So is it reasonable to be fearful of such a thing? Of course! And we should be doing everything we possibly can to stop it.”
The first step to stopping it, Carson says is stopping any refugees from entering the country until a more thorough vetting process can be established.
“It’s foolish for us to accept people if we don’t have the appropriate amount of screening,” Carson said.
At the same time, he says, America’s borders have to be secured.
“I mean anybody can get through here. I mean it’s nothing. And we know there are people who want to come here and destroy us. It seems to be that it would be only logical to say we’ve got to seal that border immediately.”
Carson spoke to reporters at St. Paul’s Episcopal School after addressing high school students there. Earlier Thursday, Carson visited Prichard Preparatory School.
Many of Carson’s remarks has focused on education, though the popular candidate has spoken about a variety of issues today, including ISIS.