Today’s Immigration Headlines – Oct 19, 2015

Backlash Grows in Germany

“Germany’s PEGIDA movement holds an anti-migrant rally Monday a year on from its formation, highlighting a European backlash towards a massive influx that has heaped pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel. The demonstration comes a day after Swiss voters returned a historically strong result for a populist party known for its virulent campaigns against immigrants and Islam, and following a knife attack on a German mayoral candidate who championed refugee issues,” Reuters reports.

More Swedish Refugee Centers Torched

“An old school building in Onsala, south of Gothenburg, caught fire on Saturday evening. It was the third time in a week that prospective asylum accommodation has been badly damaged by a fire,” reports. “The fire occurred just a day after a school, just south of Ljungby in Småland, was also destroyed by fire. The school building was to be used to accommodate refugees and had recently been decorated.”

Austrian Town Can’t Cope With Overload

“Many people in Nickelsdorf feel completely let down by their government. ‘It’s like at the end of the war, back when the Wehrmacht surrendered the area east of Bruck on the Leitha to the Red Army and we were left completely defenseless at the mercy of the marauding Russians’, one man remembers the stories his grandparents told him,” wrote.

Swiss Party Wins on Immigration Restriction

“The anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party (SVP) won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday’s national parliamentary election, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union,” the Telegraph reported.

Hungary Says Border Closure Succeeding

“Hungary said Monday its shutdown of the border with Croatia had put a stop to the influx of migrants and refugees. Only 41 people crossed into the EU member state on Sunday, the government said,” AFP reported.

What Merkel Wrought

“The flood of Middle Eastern refugees into Austria began in the summer. By September they were arriving at the southeastern border at the rate of 10,000 or 12,000 a day. These migrants are associated in the public mind with the war in Syria but, in fact, come from throughout the Muslim world—Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh. Most of them are on their way to Germany. The great majority are young men. By the end of this year, Austrian authorities estimate, 375,000 will have passed through the country, and a quarter of them will have stayed to apply for asylum,” the Weekly Standard says.

Jeb Bush’s Can of Worms

“Defending his brother’s presidency, Jeb Bush has repeatedly declared that George W. Bush “kept us safe.” Focusing on the 9/11 attacks carries unique risks for Jeb Bush as he navigates the politics of national security and immigration — and not simply because, as Donald Trump pointed out, the attacks occurred on President Bush’s watch. Many of the 9/11 hijackers were able to obtain Florida driver’s licenses or identification cards — and train freely in the state — while Jeb Bush was governor,” the IB Times says.

Trump Says His Immigration Policy Could Have Prevented 9/11

“Donald Trump says that if he had been president in 2001, his immigration policies would have kept terrorists from attacking the World Trade Center on September 11. ‘I am extremely, extremely tough on illegal immigration. I’m extremely tough on people coming into this country,’ Trump said on Fox News Sunday. ‘I believe that if I were running things, I doubt those families would have — I doubt that those people would have been in the country,’” CBS News says.

Nearly Half of High-School Dropouts With a Job are Immigrants

“Remarkably, fully 48 percent of all working-age high school dropouts in the United States are foreign-born. Put another way, the past generation of mass immigration has almost doubled the number of unskilled workers in the American labor market,” says the Center for Immigration Studies.

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  1. avatar No Change says:

    Dan Stein you are smarter than that……Trump would have stopped nothing with a Wall and he said….these guys came in legally in a plane…………..Trump is a joke!!! the way he uses information resembles how he got his fortune & how he will rum the country ……..I am certain if he wins all of you will eventually be against the man

    • avatar No Change says:

      I saw the video and I could not believe how some people can be so stupid and naive…..he would have stopped 9/11 with eh Wall in Mexico….the guy is too old, set in his bad old ways and thinking because he has money what she says goes….like some people believe hi,

      You know as well as everybody the guys from 9/11 came legally and even if Bush has had a Wall that would not have stopped them.

      Trump is getting senile and he is too old by now. He reacts and lets his tongue out……he is obsolete….he already served his purpose and his brains only work for what he has…not for the country,

  2. The World’s Overpopulation Problem is Not Europe’s or America’s General Problem

    Explain that to the billionaires that want hoards of low wage workers.

  3. avatar M. Ortiz says:
  4. avatar SecBorders says:

    What Bush jr did do after the 9/11 attacks took place was allow Muslim refugees into the country from Chechnya who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing. The attacks took place during Obama’s term, but they were let into the country under Bush jr. So Bush didn’t “keep us safe”, the idiot.

    Also Bush jr could have increased airport security as soon as he became President. It is not as if Muslim men had never hijacked airplanes before. A group of single Muslim men with one way airline tickets want to board the same airplane, some with expired visas, and airport security couldn’t figure out this was suspicious? The Bushes are incompetent, we don’t need another one as President.

    • avatar Leland says:

      Bush got that presidential daily briefing on Aug. 6, 2001 titled “Bin Laden determined to strike in US”. There’s no evidence he did anything or asked any questions, according to the 9 11 report.

  5. avatar Leland says:

    Notice how the Swiss immigration restriction party is claimed to lead “virulent campaigns against immigrants and Islam”. No, they simply don’t want to lose their culture and country to those who don’t share their values and come from places that are unable to govern themselves. It’s a constant drumbeat by the press to label those who want lower immigration as “far right”.

    As for Islam, it’s total hypocrisy when the same people who are for gender and religious equality then turn around and ignore and excuse the fact that Islam by law and by practice is against those very things. If there is sympathy to be handed out, then hand it out to those who are the victims of Islamic extremism. Like Israel. A bunch of maniacs knifing people on nothing more than a rumor that Israel will close the mosque on the Temple Mount.

    All those people who claim immigration is such a positive for this country, and will supposedly “save” Social Security, are ignoring figures like the nearly half of working immigrants who do not have a high school education. Those people in the end are going to end up costing far more in government payouts than they will ever pay in to the system. It’s indisputable.

    • avatar SecBorders says:

      As far as liberals claiming to love Islam, I heard a story a few years ago from a family friend who had been on a business trip in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was walking down the street when all of a sudden the police started rounding everyone up and they forced them down the street to “chop chop square” where they were all forced to watch a public beheading. It was Medieval. How could any Western liberal, or anyone else for that matter, think this is great?

    • avatar No Change says:

      Leland SecBorders are you guys born here and Anericans or just BSin…hyour way in they life as such…..that is a different country not the US……the reason we have these issues it is simply because we are the USA…..with all its good and bad things in it….that led to where we are…..330M vs 12 M Swis,,,,,,guys stretch your brains a bit for a change……