U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden says the U.S. should not ''turn our backs on Muslims victimized by terrorism'', saying that would ''play right into the terrorists' hands.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House deployed Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday (November 21) to explain to fearful Americans the administration's policy on Syrian refugees in the weekly address to the nation. Refugees have become a top political concern after Islamic State militants killed 130 people in Paris in attacks last week. The U.S. House of Representatives - including dozens of Obama's fellow Democrats - passed a bill on Thursday to suspend Obama's program that would admit 10,000 Syrian refugees and intensify screening measures. But Biden said shutting out refugees would "play right into the terrorists' hands" by increasing tensions between Muslims and the West. "We win by prioritizing our security as we've been doing. Refusing to compromise our fundamental American values: freedom, openness, tolerance," Biden said. If the measure is passed by the Senate, the White House has said Obama would veto it.