One reader reminded me of the terrific positive effect on the US Economy of the couple of hundred years of the US allowing immigrants into the country. He is absolutely right!
In recent articles, mostly re-blogs, US-Issues.com has called for a halt (or at least a slowing) of the importation by our government of so called refugees from Muslim countries, most publicized in the media from Syria.
President Obama has bragged about bringing in his 10,000th Syrian refugee (how many Muslims in all?), and federal judges have ruled that individual states cannot prevent settlement with their borders. President Obama even has imported foreign Muslim Imams to teach the refugees proper Sharia!
The refugees have been overwhelmingly young Muslim men. There have been few women, few children, and few of the really persecuted Christians. To many Americans, to varying extent, this military age influx poses a National Security Emergency.
“But immigration has been so beneficial, and if you talked with some of them you’d see they’re good people,” I’ve been told. Yes, you’re right. So how do we balance these opposing viewpoints?
Firstly, not all immigrants and refugees are created equal. Some are thankful to have escaped from an intolerable situation, while others want to bring that anti-American atmosphere with them. Some may have training in medicine, engineering, software and IT, while others main learning has been Sharia Law.
We need to recognize that, while the vetting process for refugees looks good on paper, the truth is that even the Department of Homeland Security admits that there are so many refugees that it’s been impossible to do proper vetting.
Also, it’s important to recognize that refugees are not people who have applied for legal immigration into the US. Applicants have a long process to go through and American sponsors to vouch for them. Refugees, by their very nature, need rapid decisions.
We have two candidates for President with opposing views. Hillary Clinton, as far as I can tell (she seldom gives specifics about what her policies would be), would continue President Obama’s importations of refugees. Donald Trump has stated that he would put a moratorium on refugees from terrorist hotbed countries until a proper, well staffed, vetting process can be put in place.
Historically, immigration has been beneficial for the US. But, we’re not discussing immigration here. This piece deals only with refugees some of whom may want to terrorize us.
“Terrorize us?!! Is there evidence for this?” Absolutely, if you’re willing to look beyond the news blackout and deception proffered by our President and by the news media. Mr. Obama can’t even get himself to use the words “Islamic Terrorists.”
Look at the numbers of terrorist type attacks, both in the US and in Europe, where the number of refugees accepted is much larger than in the US. In Germany and several other countries, women routinely are gang raped, and the Police are powerless to do anything about it.
In the US, there have been an increasing number of terrorist acts – in my home state of Massachusetts, the Boston Marathon Massacre still is fresh in our memory. “That’s not terrorism! That was an individual act.” Horse hockey! Your not having the honesty to call it what it was does not change fact that it WAS terrorism.
So, the bottom line is that I lean more closely to the moratorium argument for refugees from terrorist sponsoring countries. As vetting catches up to what US National Security needs, I likely would want unskilled, single men (didn’t care to bring your family?!) to not be accepted. Refugees with skills which could benefit our country might get preference to stay.
Again, this does not refer at all to the legal immigration process. These are very different questions and very different processes for US entry. So, don’t make the mistake of lumping them together.
Yes, there are humanitarian concerns. But, there also are National Security concerns. I’m an American first. How my opinions would affect people wanting to enter the US must take a back seat to how admitting refugees would affect my country and the American people.