Why is President Barack Obama suggesting that he will invite only 10,000 Syrian migrants into the United States?
It’s a drop in the bucket, a teaspoon in the ocean, a grain of sand on a beach, compared to the normal inflow of roughly 2 million legal immigrants, guest-workers, illegal migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers Obama allows to flood into the United States each year.
The answer may be that Obama is minimizing public opposition to any Syrian influx before he reveals his big play — to import a huge number of migrants into the country once Congress finishes this year’s budget, said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Under current law, Obama can direct his border officers to grant “parole [status] to any and all migrants that arrive at U.S. borders,” Krikorian said. Once paroled, the usually unskilled and poor migrants can freely enter the country to apply for refugee status, welfare, education and jobs, and later bring over their extended Muslim families from jihad-wrecked Syria.
“I don’t put it past him… This administration has [already] said that parole allows them to let in anyone they want, for any reason they think fit,” Kirikorian added.
But if Obama acts before Congress quits for the year, he would cause a public protest and perhaps cause the GOP-led Congress to defund his parole powers, Krikorian said.
Obama said Sept. 11 — on the 14th anniversary of the Muslim jihad attacks — that the 10,000 Syrians are only a “floor.”
“We’ve got to do our part, first of all in taking our share of refugees,” he said. He did not define “our share,” but Germany’s leaders are talking about importing 2 million young Muslims, even though Germany has less than one-quarter the U.S. population.
White House officials know that greater migration is very unpopular, despite media cheerleading for vibrant diversity. In 2014, for example, Obama revealed his unprecedented Oval Office amnesty for roughly 5 million illegals only after the congressional election was completed, and his party had lost badly.
Obama has repeatedly demonstrated his determination to bypass immigration laws and public polls. For example, from 2010 to now, Obama has used a different section of the complex border laws to invite more than 230,000 Central American migrants across the U.S. border with Mexico. His welcome policy caused a massive public protest in 2014 that finally killed Obama’s bipartisan push for an amnesty — but it operated quietly from 2010 to 2013, and is continuing this year with little publicity or pushback.
Since last October, Obama has allowed 29,407 Central American migrants — nearly all of whom are poor, unskilled non-English speakers – to live in the United States, to seek jobs sought by Americans, and to attend American’s underperforming and overcrowded K-12 schools.
So far, Obama’s deputies are trying to preserve his Syrian options, amid growing amazement that Germany’s government is giving residency permits to a few million young Muslim and African migrants — and then, eventually, allow in their extended families — in a act of cultural suicide, just to expiate their ancestors’ sins in World war II.
On Sept. 9, Senate judiciary committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley grilled Secretary of State John Kerry about Obama’s plans for the Syria’s several million migrants.
“When pressed, the administration indicated that they were considering opening the floodgates and using emergency authority to go above [the 10,000 number] they proposed to Congress in today’s consultation,” Grassley wrote in a later statement.
More importantly, “the administration also has not ruled out potentially paroling thousands of Syrians into the United States,” Grassley said.
Obama is very sympathetic toward foreign migrants. In fact, he has declared that American citizens don’t have the moral right to control their own borders. “Sometimes we get attached to our particular tribe, our particular race, our particular religion, and then we start treating other folks differently… that, sometimes, has been a bottleneck to how we think about immigration,” he told supporters in November 2014.
Obama has also said repeatedly that migration boosts progressives’ political power, partly because it makes Americans poor and more dependent on government. Migration “threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans,” Obama wrote in his 2006 autobiography, “The Audacity of Hope.”
But, “as a young organizer, I often worked with Latino leaders on issues that affected both black and brown residents, from failing schools to illegal dumping to unimmunized children,” he wrote. “In my mind, at least, [by immigration] the fates of black and brown were to be perpetually intertwined, the cornerstone of a coalition that could help America live up to its promise,” he revealed
That political machine is exemplified by the private-sector groups that are hired by the government to annually settle roughly 70,000 migrants from Somalia and other countries. They’re a strong and vocal lobby for greater migration, said Ann Corcoran, director of Refugee Resettlement Watch, which helps communities protect themselves from the intrusive federal settlement programs.
Once the first settlers arrive in a city or town, the settlement agencies help the refugees bring over their extended families, she said. “It never ends — once a city begins to have an enclave of any particular group of migrants… there’s never any way to get out of it,” she said.
If 10,000 refugees bring over 5 relatives each, the refugees soon become a population of 50,000 Democratic-leaning, government-dependent immigrants.
The taxpayer settlement agencies are paid for every migrant they land, so they have a huge incentive to lobby for bigger inflows, now about 70,000 refugees per year. So far, at least 14 Democratic Senators are urging Obama to bring in an additional 65,000 refugees in 2016.
That inflow pays huge political dividends for the Democratic Party, as Obama predicted. In 2008, the Democrats won their sixtieth Senate vote for Obamacare when Minnesota’s population of roughly 20,000 Somalis helped elect Al Franken in place of establishment Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, who lost by a mere 312 votes.
Unsurprisingly, the public — including Hispanics and blacks — strongly oppose greater immigration.
Any debate about Syrian numbers threatens to expose the legal, little-recognized, automatic and huge annual inflow of roughly 2 million workers, said a GOP staffer. Public debates over numbers are “the only chance the public even has to express opposition to a particular immigration program because everything is… all on autopilot,” the staffer said.
The 2016 parole option also could be Obama’s last chance to bypass the public opposition that has repeatedly blocked presidents’ bipartisan, business-fueled pushes to sharply increase the annual inflow of migrants in 2006, 2007, 2013 and 2014, Krikorian said.
That kind of dramatic migration move has been done before. In 1999, President Bill Clinton bypassed migration rules and airlifted up to 20,000 people from the mostly Muslim population of Kosovo to Fort Dix in New Jersey. Eight years later, six Muslim immigrants — including an immigrant from Kosovo — were arrested at For Dix for plotting a jihad attack on soldiers at the base.
Migrant importation of foreign conflicts into the United States is commonplace. In Minnesota, at least 30 diverse Somali youths from the settled Democratic-voting population of Somali refugees have joined, or tried to join, vibrant jihadi groups. In April 2013, two vibrant Chechen refugees reverted to their Chechen and Muslim diverse traditions and then vibrantly detonated two bombs at the Boston marathon, killing three of their American hosts.