Refugees
Around the world, citizens of war torn countries in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan), Africa (Libya, Sudan), Central & South America and others are fleeing oppression and death to reach freedom and safety. Europe is being overrun with these refugees. This experience is adding greater fuel to the already passionate immigration debate in the US by the needs of these refugees. We must remember that refugees are a portion of the immigration issue. Compassionately, the plight of refugees needs to be prioritized over all other types of immigration. Realistically, the vetting of legitimate refugees is still required, given the violent turmoil in the world, the infiltration of the extremists into the refugee population and that threats directly at the United States.

Nine Killed in Shootings Near Frankfurt, With Suspect Found Dead

2/20/20
from The Wall Street Journal,
2/20/20:

The suspect in several shootings that killed nine people Wednesday night in central Germany was found dead at his house, police said early on Thursday without adding any information on possible motives.

The attacks took place around 10 p.m. local time when what police initially said were several gunmen opened fire on patrons of a hookah lounge in downtown Hanau, near Frankfurt, and then fled in a dark vehicle, police said. They later resumed shooting in another part of town. German politics, long dominated by the traditional parties of the center, has grown more polarized and strident since the 2015 refugee crisis. Since then, almost two million asylum seekers have entered the country. The vocally anti-immigration Alternative for Germany entered parliament in 2017 for the first time, becoming the largest opposition group in the chamber. Its poll ratings have since plateaued however, and it was overtaken by the Greens in opinion surveys last year.

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