Prieto rips Christie for saying no Syrian refugees should be allowed in the country


Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) is picking another fight with Gov. Chris Christie (R), this time going at the Republican presidential candidate for his stance on not allowing any Syrian refugees into the U.S. – calling the policy a case of “Xenophobia.” 

Vincent Prieto

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“No matter our political beliefs, no matter our principles, it’s imperative we never forget the idea that whatever we do for the least among us, we do for ourselves. Gov. Christie has forgotten this most American of ideals. What Gov. Christie is saying goes against everything America is about,” Prieto said in a statement.

Christie stated yesterday that the United States should not admit any refugees from the Syrian civil war, not even “orphans under age 5,” per NJ Advance Media.

The governor argued that since the Barack Obama administration can’t be trusted “to effectively vet the people who are supposed to be coming in in order to protect the safety and security of the American people,” therefore we aren’t in a position to allow Syrian refugees into the country.

“I know the compassion this country showed when we fled Cuba from political persecution. America welcomed us and gave my family a chance for freedom and a new life. That is why this country is the greatest and I am proud to call it my home,” explained Prieto, who migrated from Cuba to the United States at age 10.

“We absolutely must have a thorough screening and vetting process for all refugees, but we also must be better than the governor’s xenophobia. We especially shouldn’t be targeting orphaned preschoolers, toddlers and babies, lest we see more drowned bodies washing ashore. Orphaned children pose no threat to our nation.”


  1. Christie is so desperate with his hopeless campaign for the presidency that he will say anything to get attention and try to look as though he’s doing something. He’s a loser, and how typical of him to blame Obama and say he can’t be trusted to properly vet refugees.

    By that logic, Christie couldn’t be trusted to vet his own staff members, who, according to his lies, created the entire Bridgegate scandal without his knowledge.

    And this jerk wants to be president?

  2. Now 2 of the Paris killers were in Europe as so called refugees. Say I walked into Mexico with just the shirt on my back & wanted resettlement in Russia, who would pay for it? So the US Taxpayer has to pay for Syrians plane fare? Our leaders have a national narrative, that the faith of followers of Mohammed is one of peace & this should be proof that have never read the Quran. I like what Judith Bergman said “After 9/11 in the United States; the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed nearly 200 and wounded 2,000; and the 2005 attacks on London’s transit system, where 56 people were killed and 700 wounded, world leaders have no conceivable excuse left to be shocked and surprised at mass terrorism occurring in the midst of Western capitals.

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