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Politicians on Syrian refugees: Ben Carson's 'rabid dog' comment, Donald Trump's ISIS tweet and more

Politicians are divided on the Obama administration's plan to admit Syrian refugees.

Thursday, the House approved a bill to pause a plan to allow 10,000 refugees into the United States over the next year. More than half of governors in the U.S. say they would oppose allowing refugees into their states.

Ben Carson made an odd comparison between screening refugees and calling the humane society on rabid dogs. And Donald Trump suggested in a tweet that Syrian refugees who tried to cross the southern border were members of ISIS.

But some Democrats have struck a more compassionate tone. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Bill de Blasio are among the politicians who support Obama's plan to allow refugees into the United States.

"We cannot allow terrorists to intimidate us into abandoning our values and our humanitarian obligations," Clinton said.

Scroll down to see where politicians stand on the Syrian refugee plan.

Ben Carson

Ben Carson made a bizarre comparison between screening
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Ben Carson made a bizarre comparison between screening Syrian refugees and rabid dogs during an event in Alabama on Nov. 19.

ABC News asked the Republican presidential candidate whether Christian organizations should help Syrian refugees.

"If there's a rabid dog running around the neighborhood, probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you're going to want to put your children away," he said. "At the same time, I love dogs and I'm going to call the humane society, and hopefully they can take this dog away and create a safe environment once again."

Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supports the U.S.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supports the U.S. plan to admit Syrian refugees.

"We cannot allow terrorists to intimidate us into abandoning our values and our humanitarian obligations," she said on Nov. 19. "Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every Syrian refugee, that is just not who we are. We are better than that."

Donald Trump

Donald Trump tweeted on Nov. 19 about Syrians
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Donald Trump tweeted on Nov. 19 about Syrians who tried to enter the United States through the southern border.

"Eight Syrians were just caught on the southern border trying to get into the U.S. ISIS maybe? I told you so. WE NEED A BIG & BEAUTIFUL WALL," he tweeted.

Earlier in the week, he accused President Barack Obama of only sending refugees to states with Republican governors.

Bill de Blasio

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defended America's
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defended America's plan to admit Syrian refugees, saying on Nov. 17 that he thinks the U.S. can use intensive screening before letting Syrians enter the country.

"We should not close our borders to any group of people fleeing the atrocities and horrors of terrorism," he said in a statement. "To do so is to hand terrorists a victory over our democracy, strengthened over the years by Americans who died or risked their lives for it."

Chris Christie

Chris Christie doesn't want the U.S. to admit
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Chris Christie doesn't want the U.S. to admit Syrian refugees into the country, no matter how young they are.

Christie said in a Nov. 16 radio interview with Hugh Hewitt that he doesn't trust the Obama administration to vet Syrian refugees and wouldn't make an exception for orphans under the age of 5.

He said, "The fact is that we need appropriate vetting, and I don't think orphans under 5 ... should be admitted into the United States at this point. But you know, they have no family here. How are we going to care for these folks?"

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders supports admitting Syrian refugees into the
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Bernie Sanders supports admitting Syrian refugees into the U.S.

"We will not turn our backs on the refugees who are fleeing Syria and Afghanistan," he said at a Nov. 16 campaign rally. "We will do what we do best and that is be Americans -- fighting racism, fighting xenophobia, fighting fear."

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