In a press release
, Trump repeatedly criticized existing immigration policies as dangerous and ineffective, saying the U.S. government has admitted "ever-growing numbers" of Syrian immigrants "year after year, without any effective plan for our security." According to an NPR report
after last year's terrorist attacks in Paris, screening for Syrian refugees is a lengthy process that can take up to almost two years to complete. The New York Times
reports that only 2,805 refugees were admitted into the country from October to May, fewer than one-third of the 10,000 Syrians President Obama said the United States would accept this fiscal year.