Ballot Talks: Syrian refugees and the 2016 presidential race

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Guests: Susan Fratzke, Ginger Gibson, Philip Bump

In this week’s edition of Ballot Talks: we’ll examine the role that Syrian refugees and the complexities of allowing them into the country are having on the 2016 race for the presidency. The attacks last week in Paris have instigated some anti-immigrant sentiment among those seeking the Republican nomination. The Democrats on the other hand, have different ideas about the proper way to handle Syrians seeking asylum and the number of refugees to allow in America. We’ll be joined by GINGER GIBSON, campaign reporter for Reuters and PHILIP BUMP, political reporter for The Washington Post. But first, we’ll find out about the process by which immigrants are granted refugee status when we talk with SUSAN FRATZKE, policy analyst and program coordinator with the Migration Policy Institute.

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