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Will Scapegoating Refugees for Paris Attacks Make America Safer? By Roger Algase

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Update: November 16, 1:01 pm:

The Hill reports on November 16 that Republican governors in 5 other states have joined Alabama in announcing that they will refuse to settle Syrian refugees in their states in reaction to the Paris attacks by ISIS, whose murderous fanaticism and cruelty, together with Assad's Russian-backed barrel bombs and chemical weapons are what caused the refugees to flee in the first place.

The additional states are Michigan, Texas. Louisiana, Arkansas and Indiana. It will not be surprising if the total number eventually climbs to 26, the number of Republican states which have sued to block implementation of DAPA in the vain hope that millions of unauthorized Hispanic immigrants will find life in this country so intolerable without DAPA's benefits that they will all "self-deport".

During the civil rights era, there was only one governor, George Wallace who stood at the door to show that unpopular minorities were not welcome in his state. Now, there are six, and counting.

This is not to say that there is no danger whatsoever from Muslim terror attacks in the US. A site called religionofpeace.com claims that there have been at least 75 incidents of killings carried out by Muslims in America (including 9/11) in the past four decades (!), with a death total of around 100 or less (including Ft. Hood, which took 13 lives), but not counting 9/11.

This, very roughly, adds up to an average of 2.5 deaths per year at the hands of Muslim assailants during the past forty years (again not counting 9/11). The site does not say whether any of the perpetrators entered the US as refugees.

In contrast, most statistics state that more than 10,000 people are killed in America each year through gun violence. Which is the greater danger?

Update: November 16, 6:46 am:

In late breaking news, Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, which recently passed a law intended to force a mass exodus of Hispanic immigrants from the state before the law was struck down. and is now reportedly under federal investigation for shutting down motor vehicle offices in black neighborhoods so that residents will be unable to get drivers licenses needed for voter ID purposes, has announced that he will not allow the federal government to relocate Syrian refugees to his state.

Governor Bentley is now in a long tradition in Alabama of governors announcing that they will defy the federal government in order to uphold bigotry against unpopular minorities. One can only be reminded of Governor George Wallace, who, in 1963, over half a century ago, stood in the doorway to stop two black students from attending the state university.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b045bf3defc4c4

In the meantime, Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, in an apparent attempt to revive his flagging campaign, is now evidently trying to show that he is more bigoted against immigrants than Donald Trump. Huffington Post reports on November 15 that Bush has come out in favor of taking in Syrian Christian refugees only, not Muslim ones, even though ISIS is on record for its equally brutal killings of Muslims who do not subscribe to its fanatic, violent interpretation of Islam, and Assad's notorious barrel bombs and chemical attacks against civilians also do not distinguish on the basis of religion.

Bush's contempt for the guarantee of religious freedom and equality in the first amendment to the Constitution is matched by another presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is also willing to admit some Syrian Christian refugees, but calls the idea of admitting Muslim ones "lunacy".

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b045bf3def84df

At least Donald Trump is showing more respect than his above two rivals for the Constitution's ban against religious discrimination. He wants to bar admission to, or send back, all Syrian refugees, regardless of religion.

My original post appears below:

As the hearts of the American people go out to the people of Paris in the wake of the horrendous ISIS Paris terror attacks - coming only a few days after a virtually unreported and ignored ISIS attack in Beirut which killed 44 people and injured more than 200 others, according to Rolling Stone, see:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics...ored-20151115?

certain US politicians and pundits have lost little time in exploiting the suffering and anguish of the victims, their families and all the people of France, in order to promote their own anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim agenda here in the US.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, for example, tried to link Syrian refugees to the attacks, despite the lack of any evidence to this effect (since a supposed Syrian passport found near one of the dead terrorists who had allegedly used it to enter Europe through Greece as a refugee last month is now considered to be fake, at least as of this writing).

Here is what the Texas Senator had to say:

"We need to immediately declare a halt to any plans to bring refugees that may have been infiltrated by ISIS to the United States."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ted-cruz-statement-on-paris-attack-isis

Cruz evidently does not care about the fact that the overwhelming majority of the Syrian refugees are fleeing terror, whether by ISIS or by Assad's equally brutal regime, and that so far no reliable evidence of a refugee connection to the Paris attacks has as yet turned up.

See:Toronto Star, 11/14/2015: Analysts blame Paris attacks on intelligence failures, not refugees

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/20...s-not-refugees

As usual. however, the top prize for using these horrific attacks as an excuse to promote anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bigotry and hate goes to Ann Coulter, who tweeted:

"Why does NO ONE say the obvious thing on TV? It's insane. Don't want terrorism in US? Stop importing Muslims!"


She also tweeted the following pearl of wisdom:

"They can wait until November for the actual balloting, but Donald Trump was elected president tonight."

Unfortunately, the demagogic voices of prejudice, hate and fear are likely, at least for the moment, to drown out the voices of reason, such as that of Jean-Pierre Dubois, former president of the Human Rights League in France, who is quoted in the above Toronto Star article as follows:

"This has nothing to do with the wave of immigration. The same thing would have happened if we hadn't welcomed a single refugee."

It is also worth asking whether the attempts to blame innocent refugees who are fleeing the same kind of organized terror that has so far killed at least 129 people in Paris and 44 people in Beirut within the past week will be limited to Muslims from the Middle East who are seeking refuge in America.

If past attempts by anti-immigrant demagogues to exploit the suffering of terror victims for their own purposes are any guide, we may be likely to see more calls for mass incarceration and deportation of Mexican and other Latino immigrants who have no imaginable connection with violent Islamist extremism, as well as proposals for further restrictions against legal immigrants, including skilled H-1B workers, employees seeking green cards through labor certification, and relatives seeking to join their family members in the United States.

This is not to ignore the threat of terrorism or to advocate letting refugees or any other immigrants into this country without security checks. But at least 10,000 people are killed in America through gun violence each year.

If we really want to make our country safer, the solution is not to scapegoat innocent people who are fleeing from the same kind of terror that we are trying to protect ourselves against. It is to ban the NRA and enact effective gun control laws.
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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 permits and green cards. Roger regards each immigration case as not just a matter of complying with technical rules, important as this is, but also as a matter of upholding equal justice, fundamental fairness, and basic human rights. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 11-16-2015 at 01:21 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Roger, you are absolutely wrong again. You should see the videos of these Syrian "refugees" celebrating these murders in France. Good stuff, take a look. They are all readily available.

    Why would US taxpayers see their hard-earned tax money used to import murderers and terrorists in this country?

    PS. Israel has the best intelligence/counterintelligence people in the world. Even they have a consensus that there is no way to distinguish between murderous terrorist and fake "refugees" from Syria. That is why the government of Israel (smartest country in the world) has made a decision to take 0 refugees to protect their own innocent people from being murdered. Hopefully US government will follow the ways of Israel government.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am still not quite sure which "dangerous" refugees you are referring to. Do you mean the thousands of people who have already drowned trying to reach Europe in order to escape from the same crazed fanatics who were responsible for the atrocities in Paris (and Beirut and many other places)?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Maybethose "refugees" that murdered innocent women and children during Boston marathon, for example? Pure statistics Roger, if importing 600-700 Chechen refugees led to the bloodbath at Boston marathon, what kind of catastrophe will be caused by importing a lot more of Syrian refugees?

    And, most important, who will be held responsible and goes to prison, when these "refugees" will start murdering law-abiding US taxpayers, who are paying their own hard-earned money (I do not refer to immigration lawyers ) to import these "refugees" in this country.


    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    I am still not quite sure which "dangerous" refugees you are referring to. Do you mean the thousands of people who have already drowned trying to reach Europe in order to escape from the same crazed fanatics who were responsible for the atrocities in Paris (and Beirut and many other places)?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    If you really care about the safety of Americans, you should be going after the gun lobby, which is responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 people in this country each year, instead of spewing hate and venom against hundreds of thousands of innocent people because of their religion. These refugees are the people who have suffered the most and the longest at the hands of the ISIS fanatics. They need our help and support, not hatred and bigotry.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  5. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Totally agree with you Roger - these "refugees" should not be given access to guns. They escaped violence so they do not need guns in the first place. On the other hands, last time when these "refugees" went on a murderous rampage and killed people during Boston marathon, they used a pressure cooker from Walmart. So, what do we do now, prohibit "refugees" from going to Walmart? But again, Israel already has an answer to this question. And the answer is taking in exactly 0 "refugees". Just mirror what the smartest nation in the world does and all will be well


    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    If you really care about the safety of Americans, you should be going after the gun lobby, which is responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 people in this country each year, instead of spewing hate and venom against hundreds of thousands of innocent people because of their religion. These refugees are the people who have suffered the most and the longest at the hands of the ISIS fanatics. They need our help and support, not hatred and bigotry.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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