- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

President Trump on Monday warned that a soft stance on illegal immigration risked subjecting the United States to the same kind of refugee crisis that is roiling Europe.

“For those who want and advocate for illegal immigration, just take a good look at what has happened to Europe over the last 5 years. A total mess! They only wish they had that decision to make over again,” the president tweeted.

The migration crisis in Europe was fueled by refugees from the Syrian civil war and ignited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to open the borders to them.

The onslaught of refugees — more than 1.8 million illegal border crossing into Europe were recorded in 2015 — fractured the political landscape of the European Union, including contributing to the Britain’s Brexit vote.

Mr. Trump has come under fierce criticism from political foes and the news media for his tough stance against a U.S.-bound caravan of at least 7,000 migrants that started in Honduras and is now marching across Mexico.

He said the migrants are illegal immigrants who are taking advantage of weak laws in the U.S., and he warned that the caravan likely includes gang members and Middle Easterners, although he admitted he doesn’t have proof.

SEE ALSO: Second caravan forming to make its way to U.S.: Reports

“We are a great Sovereign Nation. We have Strong Borders and will never accept people coming into our Country illegally!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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