By Joe Guzzardi
October 7, 2015
If the White House were paying close attention Germany’s escalating refugee crisis, it would take a deep breath instead of hitting the accelerator on resettling 10,000 or more Syrians in the United States.
After laying out the welcome mat for thousands of Syrian refugees, the media dubbed German Chancellor Angela Merkel the “migrant heroine.” But two months later, Germany has slammed shut its border in a desperate effort to stem the migratory tide, and to restore order. Early on, Germany’s liberal asylum and welfare laws had made the nation the EU’s most popular refugee destination. In August alone, 104,460 asylum seekers entered Germany with a projected total of 800,000, four times the 2014 level.
But reality soon devastated good intentions. In September, during one weekend, 13,000 migrants arrived in Munich on Saturday with thousands more arriving on Sunday. Locals said Munich was on the verge of collapse. Troops have been put on standby to protect citizens from increasing refugee-perpetrated crime during the chaos.
Today, German officials have revised their 800,000 prediction for this year to 1.5 million.
According to Germany’s top selling daily newspaper which had access to confidential internal reports, authorities anticipate that migratory pressures will increase further. Germany currently expects seven to ten thousand illegal border crossings every day in the fourth quarter. Because of chain family migration, the totals will eventually rise well beyond 1.5 million.
Apparently, nothing will stop the similar steamroller movement within the U.S. to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees. If the administration doesn’t heed warnings from its highest ranking security officials about their inability to identify who’s who among the refugees, then hope for a sane approach may be lost.
Testifying before the Senate subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, Matthew Emrich, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services associate director for Fraud Detection, admitted that his department doesn’t have a single reliable database that could provide verifiable background records to confirm that a refugee is indeed the person he’s representing himself to be.
Emrich’s testimony confirmed earlier statements made by FBI counter-terrorism official Michael Steinbach that the U.S. has no access to sound law enforcement data inside Syria because the country is “a failed state.” Even FBI director James Comey acknowledges that his agency is incapable of monitoring thousands of terrorist-related threats as they continuously occur throughout the country.
Nevertheless, advocates press on and urge loosening the regulations that govern refugee entry. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT.) wants to waive much of the screening process and expand the notoriously fraud-ridden P-3 priority family reunification program. Several years ago, P-3 was shut down because of excessive abuse. Blumenthal’s fellow Connecticut Senate Democrat, Chris Murphy, circulated a letter among his colleagues asking for emergency humanitarian relief funding for Syrians as well as more money to increase the U.S. capacity for accepting evermore refugees. A little-known fact is that according to the Census Bureau, the U.S. already accepts about 100,000 Muslims each year, a total that includes 800 a month from the terrorist hotbed Somalia.
The U.S. accepts twice as many refugees as the rest of the industrialized world combined. Terrorism risks associated with taking more refugees far outweigh the perceived rewards. The federal government needs to turn its attention to America’s eight million unemployed and the 50 million impoverished residents rather than tackling the rest of the world’s problems.
Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization Senior Writing Fellow. Contact him at [email protected]