Donald Trump’s Campaign May Benefit From Paris Attacks
There is no other issue so central to Trump’s presidential campaign as immigration. The Republican presidential candidate believes that the U.S. needs to crack down on illegal immigration and secure our southern border.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, recent terror attacks in Paris left 129 people dead and many more injured. In response to the tragedy, a state of emergency has been declared in France, and the country’s borders have been closed.
Found near one terrorist’s dead body was a Syrian passport. This led many to blame open European immigration policies as at least partially responsible for the attacks.
As The Guardian noted, that terrorist with the Syrian passport had passed through Greece last month. The Police Minister of Greece, Nikos Toskas, announced that the terrorist had passed through Greece, posing as a refugee.
“On the case of the Syrian passport found at the scene of the terrorist attack, we announce that the passport-holder had passed from Leros on 3 October where he was identified based on EU rules,”
He continued by saying he’s not sure what other countries the terrorist passed through on his way to Paris.
“We do not know if the passport was checked by other countries through which the holder likely passed. We will continue the painstaking and persistent effort to ensure the security of our country and Europe under difficult circumstances, insisting on complete identification of those arriving.”
Since the Paris attacks, chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has no doubt felt additional pushback on her immigration policy. Merkel has been one of the loudest proponents of European countries being open to refugees fleeing Syria. Now, critics say, we’ve seen one possible side effect of taking in Syrian refugees.In response to the attacks, an entirely right-wing government in Poland said the EU’s system of shared refugee placement is finished. Poland’s new Minister for European Affairs said that the country has to strictly protect its borders.
“Poland must retain full control over its borders, asylum and immigration,”
The fear over open-door immigration policy is not isolated to Europe. As reported by Real Clear Politics, GOP presidential candidates are using the tragedy to prove their policies would be good for the country.Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, currently polling in the low single digits, said the U.S. has to be careful who it let’s past our borders.
“I think one of the lessons we should learn from the tragedy in Paris is that we have to be very careful, and very cautious — extraordinarily cautious — about who comes to visit, who immigrates here and who studies here,”
Current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is the most outspoken and radical proponent of border security. If he becomes president, he would remove the millions of illegal immigrants living in the country and build a wall along our southern border.
While Trump lightly touches on the national security aspect of immigration reform, most of his rhetoric focuses on jobs and fairness. He often brings up the fact that people all around the world are waiting to become citizens of the U.S. legally and that illegal immigrants are unfairly taking their places.
In a recent speech, Trump compared some of the immigration policies of other countries to ours. He brought up the harsh punishments dished out on illegal immigrants in North Korea and Iran. He also said that even Canada will fine you $5000 if you cross their border illegally. If you cross the U.S. border illegally, you get a job, driver’s license, a place to live, etc.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, an overwhelming majority of Americans agree that illegal immigration is a problem. Some 92 percent of Americans believe that illegal immigration is a problem, according to a YouGov poll. However, 52 percent of those respondents disagree with Trump’s plan to deport the illegal immigrants already in the country.
What do you think, will the Paris attacks vindicate Trump’s immigration plan?
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