Obama insisted on endangering U.S. national security by bringing in “refugees” and “migrants” from Syria and other Muslim countries despite the FBI’s admission that they don’t have the information needed to properly vett them to screen out terrorists.
On January 27, 2016, President Trump fulfilled his campaign promise of barring terrorists from being brought as “refugees’ into the United States by signing Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.
Citing the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, Trump’s executive order lawfully and temporarily suspended granting visas to nationals of seven “countries of particular concern” — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The visa ban is temporary because it is a means to an end — in order for the Trump administration to determine and obtain the information needed to properly vett refugees and migrants to screen out terrorists.
The Left accuses Trump’s visa ban of religious discrimination against Islam. But Trump’s temporary visa ban on nationals from those seven countries is not because they are Muslim, but because the foreign-born individuals who have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001 are Muslims — a distinction that eludes the mentally-disordered Left.
Now, a study conducted for Chatham House, the independent Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, has found that the majority of Europeans endorse a similar visa ban for their countries. The researchers are Matthew Goodwin and Thomas Raines of Europe Programme, and University Birmingham Professor of Political Science David Cutts.
From December 12, 2016 to January 11, 2017, a survey was conducted of a nationally representative sample of more than ten thousand adults in 10 EU countries — Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK. About 1,000 were surveyed in each of the 10 countries, totaling 10,195. Respondents were asked to what extent they agree or disagree with the statement:
“All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped”.
In their report for Chatham House on February 6, 2017, the clearly dismayed researchers reported their findings point to “an underlying reservoir of public support” of the views of both Trump and Europe’s “radical right-wing parties”. In the authors’ words:
Our results are striking and sobering. They suggest that public opposition to any further migration from predominantly Muslim states is by no means confined to Trump’s electorate in the US but is fairly widespread.
Here are the findings:
- An average of 55% in the 10 EU countries agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped; 25% neither agreed nor disagreed; 20% disagreed.
- Majorities in 8 EU countries agreed: 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 53% in Germany, 51% in Italy, 47% in UK, 41% in Spain.
- In no country did the percentage that disagreed surpass 32%.
- Public opposition to further migration from Muslim states is especially intense in Austria, Poland, Hungary, France and Belgium. In each of these countries, at least 38% of adults “strongly agreed” that further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped. “It is also worth noting that in most of these states the radical right is, to varying degrees, entrenched as a political force and is looking to mobilize this angst over Islam into the ballot box, either at elections in 2017 or longer term.”
- Across Europe, opposition to Muslim immigration is especially intense among retired, older age cohorts; those with a secondary school education; and those living in rural, less populated areas. Notably less opposed are those aged below 30; those with a college degree; and those in cities and metropolitan areas.
- Support for a ban on more refugees crosses political boundaries but is found more on the right: three-quarters of those who self-classify as on the right of the political spectrum and more than a third of those on the left support a halt.
The Chatham House survey is consistent with other surveys exploring attitudes to Islam in Europe. A Pew survey of 10 European countries in 2016 found that:
- Majorities of the public in 5 countries had an unfavorable view of Muslims living in their country: Hungary (72%), Italy (69%), Poland (66%), Greece (65%), and Spain (50%) vs. UK (28%), Germany (29%) and France (29%).
- Widespread perception (median of 59%) in many countries that the arrival of refugees would increase the likelihood of terrorism. This mirrors some attitudes in the US.
The Chatham House researchers conclude that:
While it is true that “people in Europe vastly overestimate the number of Muslims living in their countries . . . these results point to significant and widespread levels of public anxiety over immigration from mainly Muslim states. Many in the mainstream have protested against Trump’s visit but they will also need to focus on how to tackle these widespread public concerns.”