Dr. Ben Carson was a guest on ABC’s This Week on Sunday where he discussed his Thanksgiving week trip to Jordan to visit with Syrian refugees staying at camp near the border with Syria. Dr. Carson explained that while sitting and talking with the refugees he learned that the majority of them have no desire to continue on to the United States but simply want to return home to Syria… safely.
Is Carson right? I don’t know, but I have to believe that the idea of beating ISIS where they are and allowing these people to return to their homes is the best way forward for the world. (As opposed to Obama’s plan of resettling them all over the western world and hoping ISIS consumes itself.)
Martha Raddatz: OK. And you are in Jordan right now and have had quite the trip to visit refugees.
What have you learned about refugees that you didn’t know before?
Dr. Ben Carson: Well, you know, I was very, uh, pleasantly surprised that — to see how welcoming they are. I had an opportunity to talk to many of the Syrian refugees and ask them what is your supreme desire?
And it was pretty uniform. They want to go back home, obviously.
And I said, what kinds of things could a nation like the United States do that would be helpful to you?
And, again, I was a little bit surprised with the answer, because it wasn’t what we’re hearing a lot. We’re hearing that they all want to come here to the United States. And that’s not what they want. They want to go back home.
But they said the United States and other nations could be much more supportive of the herculean efforts manifested by the Jordanians in — in taking in people at a lot of expense to themselves.
And they cannot continue that without help from the international community.
You know, you look at last month, we spent $3 billion on Halloween candy. That’s the amount of money that was needed to bridge the shortfall for a year that they’re having in Jordan with the refugees.