It’s a backwards world. President Trump has come under profound criticism from the left for tightening up restrictions on immigration. As a result, his political opponents have let loose on him for protecting the people of the US from potential terrorists coming from failed states.
So we have the left in the US spending its time tearing into the president. So do the leaders of the countries from which immigration numbers have been restricted.
What about leveling some criticism against the leadership of those nations that are so profoundly misgoverned that their own people don’t want to live there? In other words, why are their citizens fleeing to the US? Their leaders should be ashamed.
The US operates on a fiscal-year basis that begins in October. We can be encouraged by recent reports that refugee admissions during the first quarter of fiscal 2018 are down.
In fact, if this pattern continues, we will admit the lowest number refugees into the US since those years shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
In the first three months of fiscal year 2018 — October, November and December — about 5,300 refugees were admitted, according to State Department data released last week.
If that pace continues through the end of FY2018, annual admissions will total roughly 26,000, far below the cap of 45,000 set by the Trump administration in September. Refugee resettlement last fell below 30,000 in 2002 and 2003, amid heightened concerns about terrorist attacks against the U.S. homeland.
So what’s the reason for this? Is it because the leaders of troubled nations are working to create better lives for their citizens? Hardly.
As The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported, the lower number of refugees is the result of more restrictive screenings and a near ban on resettlement of people from 11 countries, including heavy refugee producers Iraq, Somalia and Syria.
Refugees from those countries, which were the subject of a 90-day security review, were only admitted if they could show their resettlement was in the ‘national interest’ of the U.S.
People from the countries under review — which also include Iran, Egypt, Libya, Mali, North Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, and Yemen — were just 5 percent of all refugee admissions in the first three months of the fiscal year. More recently, refugees from those countries made up about 40 percent of annual admissions.
The religious composition of resettled refugees has also changed along with their geographical origins. People who identified as Muslim composed about 14 percent of refugees admitted so far in FY2018, compared to about 40 percent in recent years, reports the Wall Street Journal.
What is happening is that Mr. Obama’s carefully constructed plan to boost Democratic voter rolls is being nullified by President Trump. That plan was to open the borders to illegals, domicile them in sanctuary cities, provide generous welfare benefits, and allow them to vote, legally after becoming citizens or otherwise.
What we see here is one component of Mr. Obama’s plan being terminated. The flow of migrants into the country has been dramatically reduced.
This lowers the number of potential terrorists entering the country. It also frees up jobs for Americans that might be taken by those migrants who are actually willing to work.
Conveniently ignored by the left is the idea of America as a land of opportunity. This, in the sense of it being a place where immigrants who wish to assimilate into our culture and work to make better lives for themselves are welcome.
Instead, the left sees America as an enormous welfare dispensing machine. Attract those who want welfare, give it to them, and collect their votes.
Fortunately, President Trump is giving a very public lesson in American History and Civics.
Source: Daily Caller