If folks want a glimpse of what happens when unbridled swarms of refugees are allowed into the United States, simply look to the Mariel Boat lift of May, 1980. It is a microcosm of what will likely occur throughout America if we blindly look away in the name of humanity.
I was captain of Miami-Dade Homicide when our police agencies, fire departments, hospitals, schools and jails were crammed beyond capacity as 120,000 human beings invaded our local population nearly overnight from a foreign land. Law abiding, tax-paying Americans were the losers. Fidel Castro was the winner. Cuba opened its doors to jails, prisons, mental institutions and all others (sick, disabled, unattended elderly) who they considered drains on their communist economy and waved them goodbye as President Carter welcomed them with open arms.
Our rates of murder and rape tripled. Robberies went viral. Already overcrowded jails became stuffed like human sardine cans. Crime victimization soared. Local hospitals went into overload crises. Classrooms bulged with poor kids who could not understand the language, or the culture. Bodies were found in car trunks, swamps, roadsides, etc., unable to be unidentified. Killers and thieves left fingerprints that didn’t matter because perpetrators had no records in America. Refugees in Dade County set up tent city that housed multi-thousands of homeless under I-95 overpasses. It took years for the South Florida infrastructure to adapt and recover from the human and economic impact. South Florida virtually went into emergency mode.
Today’s talk about “extreme” vetting is laughable. There was no way to vet any of the 120,000 people arriving at our shores. There were no reliable records other than what some chose to bring with them. Authorities in the U.S. had no ability to discern the bad from the good.
Now that the proverbial dust is settled 36 years later, Miami has morphed into Cuba-north. It’s like another country. The culture and lifestyles are totally altered from the community I knew from 1945 to 1980. Despite overcrowding and some continuing crime issues, the community did eventually adapt to their new land as Americans and assimilated into society while holding on to their rich Hispanic roots. No one was concerned about terrorists invading our country like a Trojan Horse. No one denounced America as evil. No one tried to amend our system of laws because they conflicted with a religious text.
It’s a new story today. President Obama is supporting an influx of 110,000 refugees this fiscal year after presiding over 85,000 refugees in FY 2015-16. Next year, who knows? Hillary Clinton has already been quoted as supporting open borders and a major increase in welcoming Middle-East refugees. Such refugees are likely to balloon across America as nearly three million people from the Syrian region have been displaced. All this is in addition to legal and illegal immigration in which the numbers are almost incalculable. The federal government has allowed more than 200 sanctuary cities a hands-off policy for illegal immigrants, many of whom have been charged with crimes but roam free, untouchable. And we support more?
Whatever happened to … “swear to uphold?”
According to a recent investigative report by KUSI News in San Diego, authorities revealed that the Obama administration not only fails to enforce immigration violations, it aids and abets. In that report, authorities claim that nine out of every ten apprehended illegals are automatically released if they utter the term, “Asylum.” Illegals no longer run from border agents, they run to them.
We should also bear in mind that 40 percent of illegal immigration is from overstayed visas.
The refugee dilemma is a monstrous problem in which our leaders do not even try seeking assistance and commitment from our so-called allies in the Middle-East, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, and more. There are millions of square miles and oil-money galore in these countries that have offered no humanitarian hand-outs to fellow Arabs, yet expect all that from us. While millions of refugees are migrating in Biblical proportions to Europe and the western world, they could assimilate much easier in nations that speak the same language, practice the same religion and enjoy the same culture. But we ignore all that.
Check out Europe. Investigate via Google and see how security, social and cultural dynamics have become nightmarish in places like France, England, Germany, Belgium and Norway in the last three years. We should welcome the same?
The major difference between past refugees from Cuba and today’s problem is that Mid-East Muslims are indoctrinated into a rigid religious persuasion where their ideology teachings are not compatible with our system of laws. The Islamic settlements in Europe are not assimilating, and many enclaves have developed in exclusive neighborhoods where Islamists practice laws and customs that conflict with existing laws. Great Britain, alone, has allowed the development of more than 100 “Sharia Zones”
Let us not forget, the secret manifestos of the Muslim Brotherhood, which were unveiled in a federal court trial in 2007, explicitly spelling out their long range intent of Islamic conquest of the west — From within.
Recent polls confirm that 51 percent of U.S. Muslims now living here, prefer Sharia over American laws. (See links, below)
So, when millions (not thousands) eventually migrate into the United States, totally unvetted, think of the Cuban situation only on a much larger scale. The big difference is that Cubans love America. Cubans relish being Americans. Cubans adapt to American systems. If polls are correct, and Europe is a sampling, the same will not happen among Middle-East Muslims. America may never be the same. Should we take that gamble?
Call me a bigot or one of Hillary’s deplorables, but I hope my grandchildren will be able to grow up in a free and diverse country that I have loved, with a safe and secure Constitution, still enjoying great pride when our flag is raised to the national anthem.
We are not perfect. But we are the greatest. We must keep it that way.