Trump’s database already exists

Donald Trump has been lambasted by the press recently for his stand on keeping a database of Syrian refugees. In his interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump said:

“I want a database for refugees that, if they come into the country.  We have no idea who these people are.  When the Syrian refugees are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if it’s a Trojan horse.  And I definitely want a database and other checks and balances.  We want to go with watchlists.  We want to go with databases.  And we have no choice.”

Folks, that is a long way from declaring a desire for a list of Muslims who are Americans…and your government already collects this information on refugees.

Everyone who enters this country on a visa is kept in a DHS database.  Immigration maintains the database using unique codes for the different classes of aliens, whether they are admitted as permanent residents, students, temporary workers, asylees or refugees.  Information collected includes name, destination address, birthdate, sex and country of origin.  It is no problem to pull a list of Syrian refugees from the data that the government already keeps.

The people believe that our government is doing a poor job protecting us from foreign terrorists who would murder us in our homes and communities.  Keeping tabs on foreigners coming from countries that are already the hotbeds of terrorism is a prudent precaution to protect the American people.  Trump isn’t un-American.  He is only advocating what the government already does.  Where do you think the terrorist watchlists come from?

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