If you haven’t read Part 1 of my multi-part post, I encourage you to do so. But, this can also be read as a stand-alone piece.
A few days ago I put the following post on Facebook:
I am not a racist, bigot, agent for hate or whatever else the media has called Trump and his supporters. I am a patriot and I believe that our country – which has been steadily going into the crapper since Obama became President – will never recover from the damage done if Clinton becomes his successor. This is the most important election of my lifetime and I stand with Trump.
One of my Facebook friends disagreed with this statement and sent me a link to some statistical information about Obama’s Presidency (Factcheck.org),which she urged me to take a look at. I reviewed the information and did a little research of my own. I wanted to get the real story on Obama’s presidency while to trying to find out if my comments on Obama actually held muster. I’ve broken down my research and conclusions into a multi-part blog post. This post focuses on the topic of Immigration.
While the Factcheck.org article does not specifically mention immigration, I felt it was important to address it. First, because it IS such an important and hot-button topic during this election; and second, because it directly affects crime, national security, and the economy.
While there are many facets to the topic of immigration, for the purposes of the upcoming election, it can essentially be broken down into main issues: border security at the Mexican border and refugees from the Middle East.
Living in Arizona, I am probably more aware than most of the immensity of the illegal immigration problem. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportations are currently on pace to be the lowest since 2006, according to the latest ICE statistics. The number of deportations of criminal aliens is down more than 60% since 2011. This is in large part due to the Obama administration’s declaration that local law enforcement agencies would have the choice whether to accept or refuse ICE detainers, or immigration holds, which, in turn, has led to the development of sanctuary cities. In 2016, the number of aliens that have been ordered removed but who have not yet departed grew by more than 25,000 since the end of FY2015 and now stands at roughly 1 million. Of those 1 million, approximately 200,000 are convicted criminals, and increase of 3,700 since last year.
Aside from the obvious the effect on crime statistics, the illegal population has an effect on the economy as well. I’ll talk more about that in the next part of this blog series (Part 3) focused on the economy.
The second main issue in immigration right now is Syrian refugees. Let me start by saying that the situation of the refugees is deplorable and heartbreaking. But taking emotion out of the equation, let’s look at it from a logical perspective. In 2015, Obama promised that 10,000 Syrians would be admitted to the United States by September 30, 2016. Recently, administration officials said that the 10,000 refugees is not a ceiling and the number can go even higher. Over 100 Syrian refugees have been admitted every day in June, according to the government’s database from the Refugee Processing Center. To accommodate this surge, the “vetting” process, already deemed inadequate by the Director of the FBI, has been shortened from 18-24 months to just 3 months.
In an October 2015 House Homeland Security Committee meeting, Congressman Lamar Smith asked federal security and crime directors whether terrorists would use federal programs to gain access to this country in order to commit terrorist acts.
The Director of National Counterterrorism Center answered, “We have certainly seen terrorist groups talk about, think about, exactly what you are describing, Mr. Smith. Trying to use available programs to get people not only into the United States, but into Western European countries as well. So we know they aspire to do that.”
This occurred right before the terrorist attack in Paris, in November 2015, that killed 130 people and injured hundreds more. ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack. It later became known that one of the attackers had traveled to Europe on a Syrian passport along with flow of refugees. Other countries in Europe are dealing with increased crime and additional acts of terrorism, all with a common link to ISIS and individuals coming into their countries as refugees.
…he would build a safe zone for refugees, who Trump says all want to go home after the crisis is over anyway. “In Syria, take a big swatch of land, which believe me, you get for the right price, OK? You take a big swatch and you don’t destroy all of Europe.”
“What I like is build a safe zone, it’s here, build a big beautiful safe zone and you have whatever it is so people can live, and they’ll be happier,” Trump continued. “I mean they’re gonna learn German, they’re gonna learn all these different languages. It’s ridiculous.” (Trump on refugees: Create ‘safe zone’ in Syria, don’t ‘destroy all of Europe’)
…many who arrive find the country doesn’t match their often inflated expectations. They balk at modest benefits, poor job prospects, and harsh treatment at immigration offices, and voice other complaints ranging from bland food to Germans’ open attitudes about sex…
…Others cite cultural estrangement as a reason they want to go back.
Abdullah Alsoaan, a 51-year-old dentist from Deir Ezzour in eastern Syria, said he came to Germany 10 months ago with the help of the United Nations to receive treatment for complications of diabetes. Now he is waiting for a new passport to return to the 10 children he left behind in Syria. The reason: After seeing teenagers kissing in public, he said he couldn’t raise his daughters here. “The problem isn’t with the Germans or Germany, people are very nice,” said Mr. Alsoaan. “But they have their way of living their lives and we have ours.”