Several national security and conservative leaders say that U.S. immigration policy must discourage multiculturalism and encourage assimilation, or America may face a serious effort from radical Islamists seeking to institute Sharia law here.
“What we need to do is make sure everyone coming into the United States understands who we are and that we are founded on Judeo-Christian values, that there is one rule of law and that’s what’s on the books and it’s not Sharia and we need to make sure we don’t engage in the same kind of mistakes in Europe where they did not engage in assimilation,” former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview with Breitbart News on Monday.
“They are all potential avenues for terrorists to get into the U.S.,” Hoekstra said after Breitbart News mention the insecure southern border and visa overstays as avenues for terrorists or those who want to harm American culture to get into or influence the U.S. “I think you missed two of the biggest ones out there which are very very difficult to control and one is social media-what’s happening on social media, where they can cross the border and we’ll never know it. The other one is influence or people with ties to Europe or America who have been actively involved in the fight in Syria or Iraq and then coming back. Will we be able to identify who they are when they’ve been radicalized and what will be the consequences when they come back? My belief should be that if we don’t have the legal capability we ought to develop the legal capability that if people who have fought with radical Jihadist groups overseas are coming back into the United States their citizenship should be revoked and they shouldn’t have access and the capability to come back.”
Advocates for immigration reform often note “America is a nation of immigrants.”
But conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza said many current immigrants from Latin America, the Middle East and elsewhere, aren’t assimilating the way immigrants did in generations past.
In the past, D’Souza said, immigrants by and large came to the U.S. with the same goals as America’s founding fathers and worked to become Americans-the “melting pot” theme, where immigrants assimilated into American communities. But today, he said, that’s not happening.
“I do think what makes immigration different today is that immigrants came in the past who embodied the spirit of 1776-a spirit to build this country,” D’Souza said. “Now we’re getting some immigrants who far from wanting to pull the bandwagon, just want to sit in the bandwagon-and that’s a big change-not to mention people who actually want to do harm to the country. Look if our government can monitor our every phone call and our every email and our every motion, you can be very sure they have the technology to spot every single person coming across the border. The problem is they don’t want to.”
A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) out last week found that there are 2.5 million immigrants-legal and illegal-from “predominantly Muslim countries” inside the U.S. right now.
The four-page report, which uses U.S. Census Bureau and other data to make its conclusions, found that immigration from Muslim nations has exploded over the past 15 years. In 2000, there were 1,518,755 immigrants from Muslim countries in the U.S. In 2010, That number stood at 2,184,664, and in 2013 it stands at 2,480,407.
Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey, who ran the CIA for the first two years of President Bill Clinton’s administration, told Breitbart News that the federal government’s efforts to downplay Islam’s role in terrorism and Jihad-such as the infamous description of Nidal Hassan’s Fort Hood shooting as “workplace violence”-allows Sharia law and forms of Islamist fascist ideology to creep into America more and more.
d”As long as we pretend that those are just random violence and they don’t have anything to do with radical Islam and commitment to Jihad, we will not be effective in dealing with them,” Woolsey said in an interview.
Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a longtime Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army before running for Congress a few years ago, told Breitbart News that in large part because of America’s politicians’ unwillingness to confront Islamist ideology and because of the nation’s lax immigration laws, the threat is already here.
West said there are a variety of three separate ideologies that are fighting constitutional conservatism, doing so together: progressive socialism, Islamic fascism and secular humanism. Together, they can undermine the U.S.’s standing in the world-and the safety and security of Americans back home-if constitutional conservatism doesn’t prevail.
The 9/11 Commission which studied the root causes of how Al Qaeda was able to hijack four American planes and crash three of them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon notes many times throughout in its report that the non-enforcement of interior immigration laws opened the U.S. up to this attack.
“I don’t know,” Woolsey added when asked in a followup why the U.S. government simply hasn’t taken the precautions to prevent similar immigration enforcement issues like the ones that led to 9/11. “In some cases, they have a narrative-which I think is a long word for ‘fib’-which they continue to reiterate and they try to make everything fit inside their narrative if in the real world they can’t. Part of that has to do with electoral politics I suppose but it’s completely ridiculous not to call it straight.”