CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois’ U.S. Senate candidates are divided over whether the United States should accept refugees from the crisis in Syria following recent terrorist attacks.
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Monday no Syrian refugees should be allowed in the U.S. unless the Obama administration “can guarantee with 100 percent assurance” they aren’t ISIS members or sympathizers.
Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth says “we should have greater confidence in our intelligence services” to root out terrorists.
She says she’s called on President Barack Obama to accept up to 200,000 refugees – far more than the administration has said the U.S. will admit.
Democratic former prosecutor Andrea Zopp says banning Syrian refugees “makes no sense” and the solution is background checks.
Duckworth and Zopp are vying for the chance to unseat Kirk in 2016.