During Tuesday’s debate in the North Carolina governor’s race, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory repeated a questionable claim from the realm of national politics when defending his party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
Seven North Carolina cities and towns have received several hundred Syrian refugees since 2014. In total across the country, the U.S. recently took in its 10,000th refugee from the war-torn nation.
In the debate, McCrory said we don’t know anything about these newcomers.
You can watch the entire exchange here, which begins with McCrory saying Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has negative “vulgar verbal outbursts” but also has good traits.
“I think what makes him a role model is where he does stand strong on certain issues that need to be said, especially from outside Washington, D.C.,” McCrory said. “The Syrian refugee situation is a disaster. I personally talked to the FBI – one of the top leaders of the FBI – and they kind of laughed when they said they’re checking the backgrounds of the Syrian refugees. No, they aren’t. There’s no embassy to check. There’s no qualifications. So when Hillary Clinton says they’re doing a vetting process of these Syrian refugees coming into our state, the FBI is not even being told where they are."
Similar claims have been ruled False or Mostly False in the past for Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz, and now McCrory joins those ranks.
Read what he’s wrong about, and what he has a point about, here.
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PolitiFact North Carolina
Speaker: Gov. Pat McCrory
Statement: Says Syrian refugees are not being vetted, and “the FBI is not even being told where they are.”
Ruling: Syrian refugees are being vetted. The FBI also knows exactly where every refugee family is settled. And although it doesn’t track all of them after that, the FBI is allowed to track anyone suspected of extremist ties. We rate this claim Mostly False.