Now that the Obama administration has decided to reduce refugee vetting to a mere three months, an alarming report from Sweden shows that slowing migrant resettlement would be a better idea.
An Australian television station recently released a tape which showed several Somali refugees assaulting its crew. Channel Nine sent news correspondent Liz Hayes to report on the deteriorating conditions in Sweden as its population added 165,000 refugees last year. In Rinkeby, one of Sweden’s 55 no-go zones, unprovoked Somali refugees punched and kicked crew and also ran over one member of the TV team who escaped without serious injuries. Just prior to the assault, the Swedish police refused to accompany the journalists as they entered the enclave locals call “Little Mogadishu.”
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See the Channel Nine video here.
Other takeaways from Hayes’ report: Sweden is buckling under the financial effect of providing for the refugees, is “barely coping” and is on the brink of “an economic and cultural disaster.” The refugees don’t speak Swedish, have no jobs and no prospects – a triple-whammy which shows why Sweden, which until recently prided itself as the world’s “humanitarian superpower,” has closed its borders.
To discourage further resettlement, an option for Sweden might be to adopt the practice neighboring Denmark implemented. Earlier this year, the Danish government approved seizing refugees’ cash and personal effects which have a worth greater than $1,453, but excluding items of sentimental value. The assets would be used to partially offset the costs of providing universal health care, education, language classes and other benefits that refugees receive.
Looking at months of frightening stories from Europe, accelerating refugee resettlement into the U.S. is indefensible. But since taking in more refugees ranks top among what President Obama considers his legacy accomplishments, turning back the ill-conceived program is unlikely unless a lot more pressure is put on the administration. You can share your opinion with the President here.