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With the enormous problems faced in securing their borders and monitoring who is coming and going as Daesh explicitly targets Europe, temporarily suspending Schengen seems a wise move. It would give European countries and the US time to strengthen security measures while slowing the influx of refugees.
A recent investigation found that our border agents are being bribed by drug cartels and human trafficking groups. US Customs and Border Patrol needs to do more to find and fire compromised agents. If the union resists, Congress must empower CBP to fire agents without union interference.
European countries are fighting a two-front sovereignty fight: an external one with the EU and an internal one with culturally dissimilar migrants, with the two fights increasingly interconnected in a potentially toxic brew. The key issue for them and for America is this: will immigrants and their progeny see themselves as citizens of their adopted countries or will they remain loyal to the places from which they came?
What Trump is proposing is a policy called “touchback,” and it was first proposed in 2007 by moderate Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX). If you get past Trump’s bluster, the plan he is proposing is so liberal that it earned the support of the New York Times and the opposition of National Review.
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