Donald Trump pledges to expel Syrian refugees

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he will send Syrian refugees back to Syria if he gets elected as they might be disguised ISIS militants

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United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire

The Republican presidential candidate front-runner, Donald Trump announced that all the Syrian refugees accepted by President Barack Obama’s administration would be expelled, if he gets elected president, during an event in Keene, New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Trump addressed more than 3,500 people saying "Did you ever see a migration like that? They're all men, and they're all strong-looking guys... There are so many men; there aren't that many women. And I'm saying to myself: Why aren't they fighting to save Syria? Why are they migrating all over Europe? Seriously."

"Military tactics are very interesting. This could be one of the great tactical ploys of all time. A 200,000 man army, maybe. Or if they sent 50,000 or 80,000 or 100,000... That could be possible. I don't know that it is, but it could be possible," he added.

"They could be ISIS -- I don't know."

Trump renewed his statements on refugees during an interview that aired on CNN later the same day.

Trump stated that the Syrian refugees might come to the United States ‘through the weakness of Obama," but they will return to their country if he becomes president.

"They will not stay here. They are going back to Syria, whether it's safe zones or whatever," he said.

Another Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, immediately criticized Trump’s remarks on the Syrian refugees during a press conference later on Wednesday.

"Send them all back? To a hellhole? This is the same guy, by the way, that is also advocating exactly what seems to be supportive of Putin and his emergence in Syria. That's not the proper policy for the United States," Bush said.

He attended an event in Bedford which was being held simultaneously with Donald Trump’s rally.

He said “I think we’re duty bound to provide support. This is normally what we do unbelievably well. We act on our heart, we organize it well, we take care of people. This is typically with support of government, but it’s normally with organizations that do great work," when a Syrian American woman asked for what the US could do for the refugees.

“People are leaving not because they’re immigrants looking for a better life. They’re leaving because if not, they’ll die. It’s that simple. And we have to play a role in providing support,” he said.

Donald Trump has been criticised several times for his immigration policy in the past, as he emphasized that his plan is based on the deportation of undocumented immigrants reffering to Latinos, to help “the good ones” to legally enter the United States.

He said "I would get people out and I would have an expedited way of getting them back the country so they can be legal," during an interview with CNN on Aug. 30, when he was asked about his immigration policy.

Trump drew criticism countrywide, after revealing his plan to build a wall along the border between the US and Mexico in order to keep out Mexican migrants.

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