New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday joined the chorus of Republican governors and Republican presidential candidates pushing for restrictions on U.S. admission of Syrian refugees, but he said he would even oppose allowing 5-year-old Syrian orphans into the country.
“I don’t trust this administration to effectively vet the people who are proposed to be coming in, in order to protect the safety and security of the American people, so I would not permit them in,” Christie told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Hewitt then asked Christie if he would let in orphaned 5-year-olds from Syria.
“We could come up with 18 different scenarios. The fact is, that we need for appropriate vetting and I don’t think orphans under five should be admitted into the United States at this point. They have no family here. How are we going to care for these folks?” Christie replied. “We need to put the safety and security of the American people first.”
Listen to part of Hewitt’s interview with Christie: