And Down The Escalator We Go

Rule №1 As President Never Politicize A Terrorism Event In Such A Flippant Way By Attributing It To A Member Of Congress

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After a labor policy event at the U.S. Capitol, Schumer declared, “The terrorists can’t divide us.”

He declined to discuss the specifics of the diversity lottery program because some details, including how the suspect entered the United States, were still unclear. Schumer said that he did not speak with Trump after Tuesday’s attack and that he was offered “nothing” — no briefing by the White House on the situation.

Rule №2 Fox News is not a substitute for the U.S. Intelligence Community Briefings.

Mr. Trump, you must attend daily briefings and read to comprehend the PDB (President’s Daily Brief).

With all due respect sir, I would like to offer another bit of advice, as I truly would like to see our nation succeed in its existence and as a proud citizen of the United States.

Beware of the self-fulfilling prophecy of the immigration policy you are attempting to put forth to Congress i.e. Building the Wall, the merit-based system or RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy)Act.

Implanting the idea of fear and confusion is divisive and does not ease the minds of concerned Americans who would like nothing more than a stable democratic government.

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Furthermore, the immigration policy you proffer could never be a cure all for terrorism and crime related activities domestically. This would be akin to falsely identifying the situation as an immigration problem. I assure you it is empirically and statistically not. Research by the CATO Institute supports this logic.

This policy analysis identifies 154 foreign-born terrorists in the United States who killed 3,024 people in attacks from 1975 through the end of 2015. Ten of them were illegal immigrants, 54 were lawful permanent residents (LPR), 19 were students, 1 entered on a K-1 fiancé(e) visa, 20 were refugees, 4 were asylum seekers, 34 were tourists on various visas, and 3 were from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries. The visas for 9 terrorists could not be determined. During that period, the chance of an American being murdered by a foreign-born terrorist was 1 in 3,609,709 a year. The chance of an American being killed in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee was 1 in 3.64 billion a year. The annual chance of being murdered by somebody other than a foreign-born terrorist was 252.9 times greater than the chance of dying in a terrorist attack committed by a foreign-born terrorist.

Mr. President the proposals you present is a racialization and a mischaracterization of the problem of terrorism. Additionally, the socioeconomic costs of implementing a ‘merit-based’ system far outweigh the benefits and does not fully address the issue of terrorism. The many more terrorist events pulled off by US born (non-foreign born) perpetrators in the US kill far more people, and the odds of being killed by them are 253 times greater as indicated in the analysis by Cato.

Conclusively, therein lies our own self-defeat, while our attention is fixated and attuned to Othering immigrants, it is a sign of scapegoating growing violence on the home front — more pointedly from select lands or select religions. Rather we could emphasize the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness in our domestic policies and institutions as a deterrent for inequality and feelings of indignation that foment domestic terrorism. Instead, we overcompensate on foreign and immigration policies via protectionism, and by not applying cooperation of democratic security with the proper detection and techniques to ward off or thwart terrorist activities.

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