You have to hand it to the Democrats. They have a special gift for imagining bizarre consequences. Shut down abortion clinics and suddenly women won’t have anywhere to go for breast exams. Give Iran billions of dollars or they’ll be a dangerous terrorist threat. Give sanctuary to illegal immigrants or they won’t talk to the cops. It’s really quite a talent.
But even the talented get lazy. Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton must be getting worn out on the campaign trail, because she dipped back into the illegal immigration playbook to make a new argument for Syrian refugees this week. At a roundtable event in Reno on Monday, Clinton said that by blocking the Obama administration’s desire to bring in 10,000 Muslim refugees, Republicans would make our cities less safe.
“If you’re in law enforcement,” Clinton said, “you want the people in the communities that you are looking to get information from to feel like they want to help you. And if the message from people who are running for president, for example, is that we don’t want to take any Muslims whatsoever, that’s not good for law enforcement.”
You have to wonder who Clinton has been talking to in the law enforcement community. Which sheriffs and police chiefs and law enforcement unions are out there begging Obama to take in more Syrian refugees? Does anyone really believe there’s some kind of cause and effect here worth mentioning? Muslims are going to stop talking to the cops if America doesn’t bring in the refugees? Is anyone at all really buying this?
“Let’s not be casting this broad, negative rejection of everybody who might be Muslim. That is not smart to protect ourselves. And I want people to understand — that is a law enforcement issue,” Clinton concluded.
It really isn’t. That’s just…silly.
Even if there was a shred of truth to what Clinton is saying, it would not be a reason to let the refugees in. What, we’re going to have our national security held hostage by Muslims? Give us what we want, or else!
This is similar to Obama’s argument that by refusing the refugees, we’re increasing the terrorist threat. Muslims around the world will be angered by our strong borders, and that will send them to ISIS. Well, guess what? European countries are taking Muslims in by the truckload, and radicals are still joining up with the Islamic State. We could take in 10,000 Syrians, 100,000, or all of them. It wouldn’t make any difference. We’re not going to win the battle against Islamic terrorism by showing Muslims that we’re “nice.” It doesn’t work like that in the real world.
We need to do what we need to do. And we need to protect our borders. That’s what’s good for law enforcement – to uphold the law. And to not make foolish mistakes that can only result in tragedy.