Last month, President Obama took an action making it easier for supporters of Islamist terrorists to be granted asylum in this country.
At the same time, persecuted Christians face a brick wall at the Obama State Department in their efforts to secure refugee status, and a report this week reveals Israeli officials are now finding it more difficult to get simple visitor visas or to even renew existing visas. Why is all of this suddenly emerging?
After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, none of us ever imagined a dozen years later we’d be negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan, supplying aid to al Qaeda-affiliated “rebel” groups in Syria, and releasing from Gitmo some of the most hardened al Qaeda operatives. Under the Obama administration, that’s exactly what we’re doing.
Now we can add another bizarre, and potentially dangerous, unilateral decree from the administration: Mr. Obama has ordered a change in immigration rules making it easier for so-called “minor” terrorists to gain refugee status and asylum in the United States.
I know some may think this is a story from the parody publication The Onion, but unfortunately, what was once absurd satire has now become reality. As he threatened at the State of the Union, Mr. Obama used an executive directive to unilaterally ease restrictions specifically for asylum-seekers who have provided what his administration terms “limited material support” to terrorist groups.
I argued on my radio program that after the disastrous rollout of Obamacare and its continued collapse, Mr. Obama would suffer a narcissistic collapse, compelling him to take actions meant to punish the people he views as responsible for his failure — the American people.
You see, nothing is ever his fault. Making a change that allows those who have assisted the enemy, however “limited,” to become ensconced in this nation, speaks exactly to that concern.
Every disaster under Mr. Obama’s watch was always the fault of George W. Bush. Or the Tea Party. Or Republicans. Or racists. Or Fox News. Now? It’s the American people as a whole.
With al Qaeda regaining power in the Middle East as a result of Mr. Obama’s feckless foreign policy, and with the American immigration system already in chaos, how does the issue of easing restrictions on those with terrorist-group involvement even become a focus worthy of personal presidential attention?
Going out of your way to open the door to this country for people who have had terrorist associations is bad enough, but it doesn’t stop there. Investor’s Business Daily reports the Obama administration has rejected almost all the asylum requests from 20,000 Coptic Christians trying to flee Islamist persecution in Egypt.
Additionally, Israelis who work in their country’s defense industry are being denied visas to enter the United States. According to one government official quoted in coverage by Ha’aretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, “everything has changed” in the last year, with “hundreds of Israeli individuals with ties to Israel’s defense establishment” being denied entry to the United States.
In other words, the Obama administration is making it easier for Muslims with terrorist associations to enter the country, while making it more difficult for persecuted Christians and Israeli Jews.
In related news, a Christian German family, the Romeikes, who gained asylum in the United States after escaping a draconian Nazi-era anti-home-schooling German law, had become targets for deportation by the Obama Department of Justice.
In 2010, the Romeikes were granted asylum on religious freedom grounds, but for some reason, the Obama administration felt the need to appeal that decision, and its Department of Justice won.
The regime fought tooth and nail for this victory and that would result in deportation.
Just this week, however, after the Supreme Court refused to hear the family’s appeal, the Justice Department did an abrupt about-face, and almost immediately granted the family “indefinite deferred status.”
Was there a moment of clarity after years of fighting the family in court, likely spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to deport the Christian family of eight?
Did the overwhelming support by the American people for the Romeikes jar Mr. Obama’s Justice officials out of their grotesque stupor to the point that even they, at the last minute, recognized the obscene hypocrisy of their actions?
What we do know is if the Romeike family had provided “limited” terrorism support in their past, entered the country illegally or were Muslim, they likely would have had a much easier time of it.
Considering the condition of the world, we need to be compassionate about allowing as many asylum claims as possible, but within a reasonable and safe framework.
Focusing on making it easier for those who have aided the Islamist enemy, denying persecuted Christians, and making things more difficult for Jews to simply get visas, is unreasonable, dangerous and makes one wonder, what exactly is the Obama administration trying to do?
Tammy Bruce is a radio talk-show host, New York Times best-selling author and Fox News political contributor.