Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 03 February 2017, 02:25 hrs, UTC, Post #101.
Accessed on 03 February 2017, 02:25 hrs, UTC.
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On Wednesday, 01 February 2017, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres told reporters that the United States should rescind its new immigration policy because “resettlement is often the only possible solution for people fleeing conflict and persecution.”
The executive order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump stops the U.S. refugee program for 4 months, bars entry of refugees from seven mostly Muslim countries for 3 months, and suspends entry of Syrian civilians until further notice.
Mr. Guteeres added that current U.S. immigration policy will not protect the United States or any other country:
“We are dealing with very sophisticated global terrorist organizations. If a global terrorist organization will try to attack a country like the United States, they will probably not come with people with passports from those countries that are hotspots of conflict today,” said the UN chief, adding that they might come with passports from the most developed in the world, or they might use people that have been for decades sometimes inside the countries.
“And that is why it is so important not to have measures that spread anxiety and anger, because when we adopt measures that spread anxiety and anger, we help trigger the kind of recruitment mechanisms that these organizations are now doing everywhere in the world,” Mr. Guterres said, noting that the UN has been pushing for the capacity to have very strong measures in relation to management of borders but, at the same time, not to base them on any discrimination linked to nationality, religion or ethnicity.
Apparently, the new, highly restrictive U.S. refugee policy will remain intact unless the U.S. Congress revokes the draconian order. Unfortunately, the United States has used selective immigration before to control immigration and “protect” residents already in the country. One of the most embarrassing incidents occurred at the beginning of World War II, when the then neutral United States turned away Jewish refugees on board the “St. Louis”, which tried to dock in the U.S. Those onboard the ship returned to Europe where many were captured by Nazi officials and sent to death camps. The U.S. also interned many Japanese-Americans during World War II. So, our human rights record is far from perfect. Perhaps, we should pay more attention to suspected terrorists already in the country, rather than target those fleeing civil wars. The issue is deeply conflicted and complicated. No one solution will fit all situations. There’s got to be a better way to admit refugees while protecting national security.
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