The wise and statesmanlike Democrat congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, demonstrating yet again her determination to protect and defend the citizens of the United States, has come up with a new idea to safeguard the security of American citizens: place the border and migration crisis in the hands of the resolutely fair and impartial United Nations. Yeah, that’ll work.
“We should do what any other country does by dealing with this situation in a serious way,” said Omar. “So we have to bring in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an agency that has the expertise and the training to handle massive flows of refugees humanely.”
Expertise and training, she said. And indeed, it is undeniable that Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as well as his predecessor, António Guterres (who is now the UN’s Secretary General) has quite an impressive track record. Look at how Grandi and Guterres have looked out for the interests of Europeans: on their watch, the Islamic State (ISIS) boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees. These were not empty words. Just a few months after the Islamic State issued this threat, thousands of refugees did begin to storm into Europe. Nor were all of these migrants peaceful people simply seeking a better life. All of the jihadis who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees. The Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country, waiting for their chance to get to Europe. On May 10, 2016, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, said that the Islamic State was using migrant routes through the Balkans to get jihadis into Europe.
And now the jihadis are in Europe. Sultan Marmed Niazi, who went on a stabbing rampage in Lyon, France, on Saturday, killing one person and wounding nine others, explained that he did so because his victims “do not read the Qur’an.” He is a refugee from Afghanistan.
Even without the intervention of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the United States has already experienced this. Last week, a refugee from Albania named Fabjan Alameti pleaded guilty in Bozeman, Montana, to plotting a jihad massacre for the Islamic State. Last Wednesday, a Muslim migrant named Rondell Henry, who was from Trinidad and Tobago and lived in Germantown, Maryland, was indicted for plotting a jihad massacre at a Washington, D.C.-area tourist site, the National Harbor Complex on the Potomac River.
Nor is this a recent phenomenon. Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant, in September 2016 murdered five people in a mall in Burlington, Washington; Dahir Adan, another Somali Muslim migrant, in October 2016 stabbed mall shoppers in St. Cloud while screaming “Allahu akbar”; and Abdul Razak Artan, yet another Somali Muslim migrant, in November 2016 injured nine people with car and knife attacks at Ohio State University. 72 jihad terrorists have come to the U.S. from the countries listed in Trump’s initial immigration ban.
Against the backdrop of all the violence and turmoil that refugees have brought to Europe, Filippo Grandi has denied that there is a migrant crisis in Europe, declaring that mass migration is a “source of progress and prosperity.” It is likely that he would call upon the U.S. to accept the mass migration of unvetted people, thereby endangering national security and taxing America’s resources.
This is the man whom Ilhan Omar wants to bring in to solve America’s migration and border problems. Ilhan Omar, who has never once demonstrated any significant concern for protecting Americans and defending the United States, thinks it would be a great idea to bring in an agency that has sown chaos, disorder, and the seeds of civil war in Europe. And it is likely that for the serenely self-righteous Omar, Grandi’s dismal track record is not a bug, but a feature.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.