This piece was originally posted during the aftermath of the Paris attacks last November. Today’s attacks in Brussels underscore that the front line in the war on terror begins with border security and reforming our suicidal immigration policies so that we do not follow in the footsteps of Europe.
As we ominously watch European cities like Brussels and Paris beleaguered by a growing population of homegrown radical Islamists, we must ask what our government is doing to prevent the United States from following the same trajectory. As noted a number of times, our immigration from countries infected with radical Islam has doubled in recent years, totaling over 1.6 million from 2001-2013.
According to a new analysis from the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), this trajectory has grown sharply just over the five most recent years. Counting all of the green cards issued to foreign nationals of predominantly Muslim countries between FY 2009 and FY 2013 alone, the subcommittee found that 680,000 individuals have been granted legal permanent residence in America. That is a larger number than the population of our nation’s capital.
This coincides with census data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies, which estimates a 415,784 net increase in the population of nationals from predominantly Muslim countries living in the U.S from 2010-2014. If net population growth, which is mitigated by deaths and emigration grew by that much, it makes sense that the initial migration numbers have been much higher. One could only imagine what the numbers would be had Marco Rubio gotten his way and successfully passed the Gang of 8 immigration bill.
In recent years, most estimates pegged annual Muslim immigration at roughly 100,000 per year, but this analysis suggests that the trend is growing to more than 10% of our annual intake. Remember, there is only an estimated 630,000 Muslims in the entire country of Belgium, and yet, they are in lockdown and have rampant problems of homegrown terror. We have admitted more Muslims to the U.S. in five years alone. And all indications point to the fact that the trend is growing every year because immigration from Muslim countries is the fastest growing of all parts of the world.
— USCIS (@USCIS) November 19, 2015
While the overall size of our country is obviously much larger than European countries, making the overall assimilation problems less impactful, the numbers still matter when calculating the percentage of those likely to become radicalized and the number of potential terrorists we are cultivating here at home.
Shouldn’t we focus first on assimilating those already here and counteracting the growing homegrown radicalization before we expand upon the already record-high baseline of immigration from countries that are so infected with Islamic supremacism?
The American people clearly get it. According to a new poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, 84% of Americans believe immigration from the Middle East is very or somewhat dangerous. These sentiments are shared by 75% of Democrats, 80% of Blacks, and 90% of Hispanics. The poll also found that just 25% of Americans and 38% of Democrats want to bring in Syrian refugees.
The question for Republican politicians next week as they debate the funding for refugees in the Omnibus bill is will they take yes for an answer from the American people.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.