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We Can – And Should – Ban Most Muslim Immigration To America

The proposition that a religious test should be applied to individuals seeking refugee status, and the opportunity to immigrate from Muslim terrorist hotspots to the United States, drives the political elite bonkers. 

We just want IslamBoth Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said “that’s not who we are,” despite the fact that under federal law, the executive branch is expressly required to take religion into account in determining who is granted asylum. 

As our friend Andrew C. McCarthy pointed out in his excellent article for National Review, “Refugee ‘Religious Test’ Is ‘Shameful’ and ‘Not American’ … Except that Federal Law Requires It,” under the provision governing asylum (section 1158 of Title 8, U.S. Code), an alien applying for admission must establish that … religion [among other things] … was or will be at least one central reason for persecuting the applicant

McCarthy also explained that to qualify for asylum in the United States, the applicant must be a “refugee” as defined by federal law. That definition (set forth in Section 1101(a)(42)(A) of Title , U.S. Code) also requires the executive branch to take account of the alien’s religion:

The term “refugee” means (A) any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality … and who is unable or unwilling to return to … that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of … religion [among other things] …[.]  

The law requires a “religious test.” And the reason for that is obvious. Asylum law is not a reflection of the incumbent president’s personal (and rather eccentric) sense of compassion. Asylum is a discretionary national act of compassion that is directed, by law not whim, to address persecution. 

With McCarthy’s point in mind that “Asylum is a discretionary national act of compassion that is directed, by law not whim, to address persecution” we think Congress ought to take a look at who is being admitted from Muslim countries under the rather eccentric sense of compassion shared by President Obama and Speaker Ryan. 

Is it Iraqi and Syrian Christians, Jews, and other persecuted religious and ethnic minorities? 

According to reports from investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, only Yazidis are going to be officially recognized by Obama as genocide victims. Yet Christians, who, says Hot Air’s Nina Shea, are also among the most vulnerable religious minority groups that have been deliberately and mercilessly targeted for eradication by ISIS, are not going to be so designated.  

It turns out that those who are identified as “refugees” are those who make it to designated “refugee” camps. 

And who makes it to “refugee” camps, are not Christians and other minorities because they are set upon and murdered on their way by Muslim refugees and ISIS hit squads.  

Back in April horrific reports emerged that Christians had been dumped overboard by Nigerian Muslims who became angry at a Christian boy who started praying. The Muslims 'went mad' and began screaming "Allah is great" before they attacked migrants who tried to defend the boy, according to The Times. 

As 12 migrants were mercilessly thrown overboard, the other Christians formed a human chain and protected themselves against the attackers by clinging to the dinghy.  A rescue ship arrived one hour later and ended the slaughter according to reporting by the UK Daily Mail has revealed how Christianity could disappear from the Middle East within five years as fanatical Muslim fundamentalists ramp up their campaign of persecution. 

Nick Gutteridge reported that an aid worker at a United Nations (UN) run camp in Jordan, who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals, revealed that the jihadis are also kidnapping young refugee girls to sell as sex slaves. 

He said: "The Muslim gangs come as refugees, but they have their agendas. The aid worker told the Christian Post: "The last time I went inside a camp, I had a policeman with me… The camps are dangerous because they have IS, Iraqi militias and Syrian militias. It's another place for gangs.” 

The fanatical jihadis are sending teams of trained killers into camps disguised as refugees to kidnap and kill vulnerable Christians reported Gutteridge. But refugees are terrified to report many of the killings in case they are targeted next, according to aid workers. 

The horrifying tactic emerged after one terrorist got cold feet and renounced jihad after witnessing Christians helping out other refugees within the camp. He then revealed that he had been sent with an Islamist hit squad to eliminate Christians as part of the hate group's ideological drive to wipe the religion off the map reported Gutteridge. 

Who among the vast populations displaced by the wars in the Middle East will be admitted as “refugees” to America, if not the targeted Iraqi and Syrian Christians? 

Of 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S. since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, only 53 (2.4 percent) have been Christians while 2098 (or 96 percent) have been Muslims, according to State Department statistics updated on Monday and reported by Patrick Goodenough of CNS News. 

The remaining 33 include 1 Yazidi, 8 Jehovah Witnesses, 2 Baha’i, 6 Zoroastrians, 6 of "other religion," 7 of "no religion," and 3 atheists. 

By going to the UN-run, Muslim dominated refugee camps we are, for all practical purposes, selecting the refugees to be granted asylum in the United States from the ranks of the persecutors, not the persecuted.  

What all of the elite policymakers who advocate allowing, or even increasing Muslim immigration to the United States fail to grasp is that Islam is not a “religion” as those steeped in the Western Enlightenment understand the term. 

Islam, as it is practiced by millions of adherents around the globe is, in the words of Daniel Pipes, “transformed from a personal faith into a ruling system that knows no constraints.”  

Islam is thus the basis of a political system touching every aspect of life, all with an eye to creating a total system for adherents and corresponding total power for leaders. 

While fundamentalist Islam differs in its details from other utopian ideologies, said Pipes, it closely resembles them in scope and ambition. Like communism and fascism, it offers a vanguard ideology; a complete program to improve man and create a new society; complete control over that society; and cadres ready, even eager, to spill blood. 

At the height of the Cold War, would we have admitted thousands of communists into America as refugees?  

No, we actually passed laws against Communists entering America and becoming a fifth column in our existential battle with Soviet-inspired World Communism.  

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (also known as the McCarran–Walter Act) allowed the government to deport immigrants or naturalized citizens engaged in subversive activities and also allowed the barring of suspected subversives from entering the country. And apropos the issue of Muslim immigration, it was used to bar members and former members and "fellow travelers" of the Communist Party from entry into the United States. 

When the bill first passed President Harry Truman vetoed it, using much the same language and arguments used by today’s establishment politicians against heightened scrutiny of Muslim immigration:

We do not need to be protected against immigrants from these countries–on the contrary we want to stretch out a helping hand, to save those who have managed to flee into Western Europe, to succor those who are brave enough to escape from barbarism, to welcome and restore them against the day when their countries will, as we hope, be free again....These are only a few examples of the absurdity, the cruelty of carrying over into this year of 1952 the isolationist limitations of our 1924 law. 

In no other realm of our national life are we so hampered and stultified by the dead hand of the past, as we are in this field of immigration. 

Senator McCarron’s retort is equally representative of the views of today’s country class citizens who oppose the enemies of constitutional government being brought here at taxpayer expense to undermine our liberties:

I believe that this nation is the last hope of Western civilization and if this oasis of the world shall be overrun, perverted, contaminated or destroyed, then the last flickering light of humanity will be extinguished. I take no issue with those who would praise the contributions which have been made to our society by people of many races, of varied creeds and colors. ... However, we have in the United States today hard-core, indigestible blocs which have not become integrated into the American way of life, but which, on the contrary are its deadly enemies. Today, as never before, untold millions are storming our gates for admission and those gates are cracking under the strain. The solution of the problems of Europe and Asia will not come through a transplanting of those problems en masse to the United States. ... I do not intend to become prophetic, but if the enemies of this legislation succeed in riddling it to pieces, or in amending it beyond recognition, they will have contributed more to promote this nation's downfall than any other group since we achieved our independence as a nation. 

Daniel Pipes, in an essay published in 1995 quoted Ahmad Nawfal, a Muslim Brother from Jordan, who said that "If we have a choice between democracy and dictatorship, we choose democracy. But if it's between Islam and democracy, we choose Islam." Pipes also noted Hadi Hawang of PAS in Malaysia made the same point more bluntly: "I am not interested in democracy, Islam is not democracy, Islam is Islam." Or, in the famous (if not completely verified) words of 'Ali Belhadj, a leader of Algeria's Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), "When we are in power, there will be no more elections because God will be ruling." 

Islam, as it is today practiced by millions of Muslims across the globe, is inimical to the separation of church and state and government based on constitutional liberty. We are in a war of ideas, not just with radical Islamists, but with concepts deeply embedded in Muslim culture. And as long as mass legal (and illegal) immigration from Muslim countries continues unabated we are losing that war.  

It is time to stop voluntarily bringing the enemies of constitutional liberty into our country. Our government has the constitutional authority and the precedent; now is the time, before the enemy reaches critical mass, to ban most Muslim immigration to America.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's A veteran of over 300 political campaigns, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle and as spokesman for now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry. He has served as a staffmember or consultant to some of America’s most recognized conservative political figures. He is a member of American MENSA and studied international relations at Worcester College, Oxford. Rasley has studied Islamic culture for 40 years, lived and worked in a Muslim majority country, and traveled extensively in the Islamic world.

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Immigration and Crossroads

It is difficult if not impossible to improve upon George Rasley’s excellent analysis, especially in view of his inclusion of Senator McCarran and Hadi Hawang’s chilling statements.

It certainly appears that we are indeed at a crossroads now equal to that which our forebears had in 1776 and 1861.

Further, I continue to believe the salvation of our country’s principles and ideals can only come from our people learning its factual history as taught only by the good people at Hillsdale College. It’s for free too, although not-for-credit. Start with Constitution 101 and work your way up through all the courses. You should support Hillsdale too for making these courses available.

Muslim immigration

The Muslim people come to our Country because they feel it allows a better life then their own Country and then when they get here they refuse to adapt to our society and try to change it back to what they had in the Country they fled? Therefore I must conclude that their ultimate goal is to destroy our Country and make the entire world a follower of Islam and that means the killing of most Christian Americans. We must be proactive and immediately stop all immigration from every muslim country. Then we must deport every non citizen muslim and return them to their country of origin, including all student visa as well. Then the immigration system must remain closed to all muslim countries forever. We must change the birth right entitlement concept and then move to revoke the citizenship status of every muslim in our country and return them back to their origin.