"On a humanitarian basis, something does have to be done."
The trouble with Trump's immigration position is that it shifts as erratically as he does. He veers from strong statements on immigration to going soft again. After going strong, here he is going soft again.
But, first, I want to know what you think about this migrant crisis in Europe. 800,000 it looked like will have to be settled in Germany alone. What do you think started that?
TRUMP: Well, it's a serious problem. We haven't seen anything like it since the Second World War and it's getting worse and worse. And I was actually impressed in one way but surprised that Merkel in Germany allowed this to happen because they are really flowing through all over Europe.
And if you notice, Russia is not taking and China is not taking and the Gulf States, whether you look at Saudi Arabia or Qatar or any of them - - they are taking none. But some of them are. And some of them are actually being very generous.
Just really I wonder, you know, where all these people are coming from exactly. And what are they representing because do you have people from ISIS in that group? You know, there is a lot of security risk with it. But, something has to be done. It's an unbelievable humanitarian problem.
O'REILLY: Ok. Israel is not taking any. Britain is taking a few -- maybe 5,000. You know thousands will come to the United States of migrants. Now, do you object to migrants getting out of the Middle East and North Africa? Do you object to them coming to the U.S.A.?
TRUMP: I hate the concept of it but on a humanitarian basis with what's happening, you have to. You know, this was started by President Obama when he didn't go in and do the job when he should have. When he drew the line in the sand which turned out to be a very artificial line.
But, you know, it's living in hell in Syria, there is no question about it. They are living in hell. And something has to be done...
TRUMP: Well, Europe is becoming a much different place. Bill, I have to say Europe is becoming a much different place.
TRUMP: I was in Paris and Paris doesn't look like Paris anymore. You look at what's going on with some of the major cities and some of the major countries in Europe and even before this it's a much different place. And I'm not hearing that's what they want.
But on a humanitarian basis, something does have to be done.
Trump "hates" the concept, but is willing to do it anyway. And that's the problem. What happens when there's another migrant crisis on the southern border and Trump decides he "hates" the concept, but will take them in anyway because they're "living in hell"?
If he can't put his foot down on Syrian migrants, some of whom he admits could be ISIS, why expect him to put his foot down and mean it on El Salvador?
O'Reilly presses Trump on whether he would have intervened on Assad, Trump doesn't actually get around to answering the question, but talks about how complicated the situation is. For a guy who is running on not being a politician, he sure sounds like one sometimes.
How bad is Trump's answer? It puts him in the same company as amnesty stalwarts Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
Jeb Bush said this morning that U.S. should accept some of the refugees spilling across Europe from Syria.
"We're a country that has a noble tradition of accepting refugees," Bush said on Fox & Friends. "We need to make sure that they’re not part of ISIS or something like that." But Bush quickly transitioned to say the real issue is fighting the Islamic state and he faulted the Obama administration on Syria.
Marco Rubio struck a similar tone in an interview Tuesday with Boston Herald Radio.
“We’ve always been a country that has been willing to accept people who have been displaced and I would be open to that if it can be done in a way that allows us to ensure that among them are not ... people who are part of a terrorist organization. The vast and overwhelming majority of people who are seeking refuge are not terrorists, of course, but you always are concerned about that.”
Rubio and Bush are giving the same answers as Trump. Take in some refugees, but first check that they're not part of ISIS. You could probably get the same response from Obama.
Carly Fiorina has however stated that the US should not relax immigration numbers to admit Syrian migrants.
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Sunday said the United States should not make exceptions to take in a greater number of Syrian refugees.
“Well, those pictures are unbelievably heartbreaking,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said on CBS's Face the Nation, discussing the images of Europe's refugee crisis that circulated widely this past week, including one of a young Syrian boy who had drowned in the Mediterranean sea.
“The United States, I believe, has done its fair share in terms of humanitarian aid,” Fiorina said. “Certainly, the United States has not led, as I indicated earlier. I think the United States, honestly, sadly, cannot relax our entrance criteria. We are having to be very careful about who we let enter this country from these war-torn regions to ensure that terrorists are not coming here.”
Kasich, who has done an excellent job of running for the Democratic nomination, gave the same basic answer as Bush, Rubio and Trump.
"No, we shouldn't be taking on any more Syrian refugees right now," the Republican presidential hopeful told reporters in Eau Claire, according to Wisconsin Public Radio.
"In the last year ,America has received almost 70,000 refugees of which nearly 2,000 are from Syria. We've spent something like $4 billion in humanitarian relief in terms of helping the situation in Syria."