Duckworth Slams Kirk For Refugee Stance | WGLT

Duckworth Slams Kirk For Refugee Stance

Dec 31, 2015

It's been over a month since the terrorist attacks on Paris and the shooting in San Bernardino, California, sparked intense debate over how to handle Syrian refugees. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth says she's angry about how her opponent for U.S. Senate, Republican Senator Mark Kirk, has characterized her position on refugees.

Kirk's campaign has run ads saying the Congresswoman's openness to accepting refugees puts Americans at risk. At a campaign stop in Champaign this week, Duckworth characterized the ads are fear mongering, saying the Syrian refugees are victims of the butchery of ISIL.

Duckworth also says from a national security perspective, shutting U.S. borders to refugees would actually be helping the Islamic State group to accomplish its goal of alienating disenfranchized Muslim refugees. The Congresswoman served in the U.S. Army, losing both of her legs in a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2004.