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US, Europe Had No Problem With European Refugees During The Cold War. By Roger Algase

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In the light of widespread hostility to Syrian, other Middle Eastern and African refugees in Europe and America today, it is instructive to remember that mass migration and refugee movements used to involve mainly people from Europe. For example, Hungary, even though it has closed its borders completely against Syrian refugees now, was once the source of one of the biggest refugee outflows anywhere within the past 60 years.

IOM (International Organization for Migration) reminds us that it helped resettle nearly 200,000 Hungarian refugees who fled to nearby European countries after the Soviet invasion of 1956. It reports that by 1970, it had assisted over 2 million migrants, most of them from Europe.

IOM states:

"...reminding Hungary and other Europeans of their own history as desperate migrants and refugees is sometimes casually dismissed...but the main compelling reason why yesteryear and today's refugees and migrants are desperately migrating in numbers remains the same. Self preservation."

See: http://weblog.iom.int/when-unprecede...ostly-european

The US was also more generous in taking in Hungarian refugees at the time of the Soviet invasion than it is now with regard to the Syrian refugee crisis. According to a declassified 1958 CIA study: Report on Hungarian Refugees, by Guy E. Coriden, 35,000 Hungarian refugees were relocated to Camp Kilmer, NJ, for processing and eventual resettlement in the US.

The CIA report welcomed the fact that so many of the refugees were young men who would be able to contribute to American society (and hopefully provide valuable intelligence), even though it also recognized that some of them might be Soviet agents assigned to report on the activities of genuine refugees.

See:

https://research.archives.gov/id/7283658

Or:

https://www.cia.gov/.../v02i1a07p_00...

Anyone who thinks for a moment that that time, nearly 60 years ago, was less dangerous for America and the world than the present time, or that vigilance toward refugees for security reasons was any less necessary then than it is now, knows nothing about the cold war, one of the most dangerous periods in our entire history.

That fact that times were "different" in the 1950's from the present is not sufficient to explain the contrasting receptions given to European refugees from Russian domination and Communism then, and Syrian refugees from a Russian-backed dictatorship and Islamist extremism now.
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas, green cards and US citizenship. His email is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 09-21-2015 at 10:28 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    LOL. How many of those European refugees have blown to shit World Trade Centers and Boston marathons? Get a clue before you all start drooling over how much money you are going to make off these "refugees".
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    None of those perpetrators was a refugee (except for the two Boston bombers who came here as refugees when they were children, but had LRR or USC status at the time of the attacks many years later (see comments below). There are more than 6 million Muslims in America. Exactly 11 of them total were involved in the two terror incidents you mention.

    But try explaining facts to people who are addicted to hate.

    By the way, I do not practice in the refugee or asylum field and very few of my clients have been from the Middle East or North Africa.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-21-2015 at 10:50 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Really? I thought these Chechen guys who blown up the Boston marathon were refugees. Am I wrong? Seriously... US took only several hundreds refugees from Chechnya and two of those individuals managed to blow up a Boston marathon and kill some people. Imagine how many things will be blown in the number of these refugees will be over 100,000 What will get blown than?
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    You are right about the two Boston Marathon bombers being refugees originally when they came here as children with their father. But one of them was a US citizen at the time of the attack and the other was a permanent resident. There had been plenty of intelligence opportunities to check their backgrounds, some of them, unfortunately, mishandled according to reports.

    Are people trying to flee terror, violence and Islamist extremism in Syria responsible for the Boston bombing merely because most of them are Muslims?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-21-2015 at 10:29 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    And what about the more than 6 million Muslims who are already in the US, most of them as USC's or legal residents? Do you want to deport them? Or put them in WW2 Japanese-American relocation style concentration camps, such as the ones which were set up during one of America's darkest periods of bigotry and racial hysteria?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-21-2015 at 04:24 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. Unregistered222's Avatar
    LOL. So we have the incompetents in charge who were given the job to do a security screening for several hundreds Chechen refugees and failed miserable resulting in innocent women and children slaughtered like cattle by these "refugees". Now the same incompetents will be inundated by 10,000-100,000 Syrian refugees with the predictable result. They will fail once again. How many innocent US women and children will be killed this time? I suggest everyone write to the reps and senators (like I did today) and demand this madness stopped and pug pulled on the "refugees" intake from the hellholes of Syria, Afghanistan etc. until the security screening problems are resolved and there is a solid guarantee that no innocent US women and children are murdered by these "refugees".
  7. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    And what about the more than 6 million Muslims who are already in the US, most of them as USC's or legal residents? Do you want to deport them? Or put them in WW2 Japanese-American relocation style concentration camps during one of America's darkest periods of bigotry and racial hysteria?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    And what about innocent people who were murdered in 9-11 and Boston marathon? Accepting more ISIS-related militants is kind of a spitting on their graves.
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    You are saying that all Muslim refugees must be ISIS-related militants, even though many of them fled Syria to avoid being murdered or tortured by ISIS. You are also saying that our intelligence services have no ability to detect or weed out the few bad guys who might conceivably try to get in to the US. You also ignore the fact that a typical refugee security check takes from one to two years.

    Yes, America might be even safer if it closed its borders to all immigrants and deported or locked up all Muslim, Mexican and other minority US citizens who are already here. Perhaps. But then America would not be America any more.

    And how American are people who call themselves US citizens but who spread hate and poison against anyone else who looks, speaks, or prays differently from themselves?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-21-2015 at 12:58 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  9. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Just ask 9/11 victim widows and children Boston marathon victims relativwes . Simple question. Who do you prefer to have in this country?


    1) US citizens but who spread hate and poison against anyone else who looks, speaks, or prays differently from themselves?

    2) Terrorists who are imported here at the expenses of US taxpayer so they can kill freely whoever they do not like?

    Somehow I know the answer. Why should a little gang of professional government bureaucrats or professional politicians serve a death sentence to innocent US citizens by importing terrorists who hate this country?

    PS. Israel will not take a SINGLE ONE refugee from Syria. They apparently know what they are doing


    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    You are saying that all Muslim refugees must be ISIS-related militants, even though many of them fled Syria to avoid being murdered or tortured by ISIS. You are also saying that our intelligence services have no ability to detect or weed out the few bad guys who might conceivably try to get in to the US. You also ignore the fact that a typical refugee security check takes from one to two years.

    Yes, America might be even safer if it closed its borders to all immigrants and deported or locked up all Muslim, Mexican and other minority US citizens who are already here. Perhaps. But then America would not be America any more.

    And how American are people who call themselves US citizens but who spread hate and poison against anyone else who looks, speaks, or prays differently from themselves?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    OK, so you hate Muslims. Who could possibly have guessed?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

  11. Micheal Benson's Avatar
    Comment deleted. This is not a business advertising site.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-26-2015 at 04:26 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  12. Micheal Benson's Avatar
    Comment deleted.
    Updated 09-26-2015 at 04:28 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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