European immigration problems make ours look like a walk in the park. According to the Washington Post:
BRUSSELS — Thousands of refugees, most fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been snaking northward through the Balkans in recent days, confronting a Europe woefully unprepared to deal with them at every step.
Most endured a perilous crossing to Greece aboard rafts and boats, some barely fit to sail. They traversed Greece, a nation paralyzed by economic crisis and too poor to handle a flow of people that in July hit a record high. At the border with Macedonia late last week, they trudged through a wall of riot police, who fought them back with tear gas before relenting. Now, the asylum-seekers, thousands a day, are racing into Hungary, which is rushing to complete a barbed-wire border fence by the end of the month to force them to seek other routes.
It is a long parade of misery unparalleled in Europe in recent years. But the continent has so far failed to agree how to respond. Amid a refugee crisis that by some measures is the worst since World War II, individual nations are being left to improvise their own measures. In Hungary, that is taking the form of 108 miles of barbed wire and fencing.
The crisis is shaking fundamental tenets of European life, including the principle of free movement between most of the nations of the European Union. It is fueling a surge of anti-migrant sentiment in the countries that are housing the bulk of the asylum-seekers, Germany and Sweden. And it is straining the weakest countries, such as Greece, that are on migration’s front lines.
“Unless we do something, we will become a lifeboat sinking under the weight of people holding on to it and drowning everybody, both those seeking help and those offering help,” said Janos Lazar, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff, at a ceremony last week celebrating the founding of Hungary.
Those are scary thoughts when one considers the length of the various conflicts in the middle east. ISIS, civil war in Syria, war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq. All of these unsettled areas are producing an immigration crisis such as Europe hasn’t seen in decades.
On the other hand, Europeans have been fairly uppity about the United States and its immigration issues. The open borders approach that govern most countries in the Euro-zone might just be coming to a screeching halt.
Meanwhile, if we were to emulate Hungary, that would be a lot of barbed wire to secure the American border. I postulate that it simply cannot be done.
The United States will be always be able to handle immigration problems better than Europe. Why? For obvious reasons, we have more land to accommodate fluctuations in population. We are a nation of immigrants ant the built-in tribalism just isn’t as much of a part of our national DNA as one finds in Europe. European countries already have little communities of immigrants with their own issues. To add more people to these already besieged areas just spells trouble.
Meanwhile, what will become of people who flee their homelands because of the ravages of war? They have risked almost everything and have little left other than the clothes on their backs. The will to survive is etched into their faces. Solutions to this humanitarian crisis seem few as the immigrants to Europe, hoping to escape war, violence and starvation continue to flood into various countries along their escape route.
The immigration issues in Europe dwarf our U.S. immigration issues. While various politicians here attempt to flummox the voters about repealing the 14th amendment to get rid of birth right citizenship, desperate immigrates overpower police to get into European countries. They storm barricades and sneak through tunnels and other connectors. Meanwhile, various European countries scramble to secure their borders and to block entrances. It’s too soon to tell who might be hitch-hiking in with these pathetic refugees. Is this a new source of emergence for ISIS?