Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck on Thursday blamed the President's handling of the 2011 terrorist attack in Benghazi for Americans' distrust of Syrian refugees today.

In a back-and-forth with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez, Buck argued that no one should be surprised Americans are deeply concerned about refugees considering the way Obama handled the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks.

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The United States continues to experience a drop in the number of Mexican immigrants seeking the American dream.

The Pew Research Center estimates that 1 million Mexican immigrants have departed the U.S. since the great recession began in 2009. Meanwhile, only 870,000 immigrants have left their homes in Mexico to reside in the United States during that same time period.

Experts believe that a bolster in border security as well as the United States' economic rocky recovery has made the it less of a magnet for Mexican immigrants.

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Donald Trump is using the detainment of eight Syrian refugees on the U.S. border to defend his calls for a "big and beautiful wall" at the border, but the Syrians he is talking about weren't sneaking into the county.

The two Syrian families actually surrendered themselves at a U.S. border checkpoint in Laredo.

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Before the attacks in Paris, Ted Cruz (R-TX) had a different outlook on allowing Syrian refugees into the United States. As recently as February, he wanted the United States to continue accepting them and said he thought it could be done safely.

"We have to continue to be vigilant to make sure those coming are not affiliated with a terrorist, but we can do that," Cruz said in a interview on Fox News that was on his website and was first picked up by the Huffington Post.

Cruz, the son of a Cuban refugee, said in that interview that the United States has "welcomed refugees – the tired huddled masses – that has been the history of the United States. We should continue to do so."

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The adviser to Ben Carson on national security who blasted him in a New York Times article Tuesday has a curious, intrepid past of his own, including connections to a private spy ring and an indictment in the Iran-Contra affair.

Duane Clarridge deeply embarrassed the Carson campaign when he told the Times that Carson may not be absorbing “one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East.” In the era of highly-scripted politics and blind quotes, a campaign adviser’s public disparagement of his own candidate is damning enough. But in Clarridge, Carson has found an adviser whose dubious tales of derring-do over the past 40 years are legendary and sometimes hilarious.

Clarridge has shown a uncanny ability to insinuate himself into scandals, cloak-and-dagger escapades, and assorted murky schemes on the fuzzy line between the real world and the clandestine one. His mere presence as a counselor to Carson is more evidence that the foreign policy neophyte has surrounded himself with an off-beat cadre of advisers.

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