With immigration in the US still the top subject on most American’s minds, we have taken to looking at other countries to see how their policies have affected their economy and crime rates.
Many European countries have had lax immigration laws for years now, and are currently reaping the rewards. Sweden has gotten a lot of attention since they have allowed floods of Middle Easterners to swarm their cities. Germany has also had a huge spike in refugees entering the country, but some are asking why.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on the brink of closing the border at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, but changed her mind because she feared clashes with border police would look bad on television, a book has claimed.
Driven by Events: Merkel’s Refugee Policy by political journalist Robin Alexander says Mrs. Merkel was warned 40,000 migrants were travelling through the Balkans and could enter Germany in a single weekend.
She then endorsed a set of emergency measures to seal the country’s southern border, deploying thousands of police by bus and helicopter, The Sunday Timesreports.
However, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière approached the country’s most senior policeman, asking two questions: “Can we live with the images that will come out of this?” and “What happens if 500 refugees with children in their arms run towards the border guards?”
Merkel is paying the price now, however, since her opponent is slated to win the upcoming election. The German people, in general, were polled to show that they growing more and more anti-immigration. The flood that is overcoming their country is not assimilating, but overrunning them because of the fast influx.
Germany can, and hopefully, will give their Chancellor the ousting she deserves. Putting publicity above the safety of your people is the cardinal sin, and she is very much guilty of it.
Hopefully, this can also be a lesson to the American’s that don’t believe politicians will do this kind of thing to serve themselves. Sadly, they can, and they will. And hopefully this can be a lesson to the politicians who think a quick fix for their image will carry them through reelection.