Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump speaks at the Saint Andelm College New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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An annotated version of Donald Trump's speech on combating terrorism would be heavy with asterisks.THE FACTS: Refugees entering the U.S. are subject to rigorous background checks, including a search of government databases that list people suspected of having ties to terrorist groups. Processing of refugees can take anywhere from 18 months to 24 months – and usually longer for those coming from Syria.CLINTON: "Inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric" and a ban on Muslims entering the country, as Trump has advocated, are counterproductive.THE FACTS: Between Oct. 1 and the end of May, the U.S. resettled about 2,800 Syrian refugees in the United States.Since 2011, 5,763 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States. Clinton supports allowing in 65,000 refugees. THE FACTS: Trump is overstating Clinton's gun proposals.According to a 2015 analysis by the Government Accountability Office, people on the FBI's consolidated Terrorist Watchlist successfully passed the background check required to purchase firearms more than 90 percent of the time, with more than 2,043 approvals between 2004 and 2014 .THE FACTS: The United States doesn't ban immigration from anywhere.THE FACTS: Trump did not offer specifics, but last year Congress allowed Section 215 of the Patriot Act to expire.
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