| Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) – recipient of Ahmadiyya Muslim |
Humanitarian Award – 2014
"Representative André Carson (D-IN) stated that terrorists infiltrating the refugee program “doesn’t concern me. What concerns me is you have the demagoguery taking place from people seeking to become president of the United States” that is “putting people, i.e. Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and others into the line of fire” on Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
When asked about terrorist groups seeking to exploit the US’ refugee program, Carson answered, “I think the facts are clear. whenever you have huge groups of people, at any point in time, there will always, or possibly arguably be a minority of people who have ill intentions. That can be represented through different careers. You’re going to have bad cops, as we’re seeing evidence now with the growing number of police brutality cases that are finally being reported. You’re going to have bad educators, you’re going to bad firefighters, and attorneys and so on and so forth.
And I think what is important to know is that most people who come here from other countries come with good intentions. they want to live the American Dream. That is not to say that we should not address the very real terrorist threa tthat exists internally, but it also says we should not now become a nation of bigots and go against the principles of our Founding Fathers.”