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Rhode Island Lawmaker Says Comments on Syrian Camps Taken Out of Context

Republican Sen. Elaine Morgan said she was speaking only about fanatical and extremist Muslim groups

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    Rhode Island Lawmaker Says Comments on Syrian Camps Taken Out of Context
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    Syrian refugees disembark on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea on a dinghy from the Turkish coast, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. More than 810,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year, and over 200,000 in October alone. Four out of five this year have crossed from Turkey to Greece.

    A Rhode Island state lawmaker says an email she wrote suggesting Syrian refugees be put into camps was taken out of context.

    Republican Sen. Elaine Morgan of Hopkinton also wrote in the email this week that "the Muslim religion and philosophy is to murder, rape and decapitate" non-Muslims.

    In a statement Friday, Morgan said she was responding to a constituent and was speaking only about fanatical and extremist Muslim groups.

    She said that when she suggested the U.S. set up a "refugee camp to keep them segregated" from American citizens should the country take in refugees, she was referring to establishing a federal immigration center, not a refugee camp.

    When asked to clarify, Morgan suggested "a safe zone set up by the United Nations somewhere near their own country."

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