Following the horrific terrorist attacks in Belgium, prominent Islamophobes like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz responded by renewing calls for torture and surveillance of American Muslim communities. Other far-right figures, such as Peter Brimelow, used the carnage to reignite the immigration debate. Brimelow, the white nationalist editor of VDARE, wrote a column demanding an end to immigration — of Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Writing that he and his family nearly missed their flight from San Diego because of the “immense security line,” Brimelow declared:
The only way to reduce the terrorist threat (apart from an armed citizenry): reduce the number of potential terrorists—as the Israelis have already done with their border fence. Yet the Main Stream Media has reacted with its usual blatantly-coordinated horror to Donald Trump’s entirely sensible call for a temporary moratorium on Muslim immigration e.g. After Brussels attack, don’t be stupid: Our view| To defeat ISIL, enlist Muslims, don’t smear 1.6 billion people, by The Editorial Board, USA Today, March 22, 2016…
Yes, the response to the threat of terrorism, to Brimelow, is the demagogic Republican frontrunner’s “entirely sensible” plan to temporarily ban all Muslim immigrants. Lest one think Brimelow only reserves his ire for Muslims, rest assured he thinks just as little of other “unassimilable Third World immigrants” who were “allowed into America by the disaster of the 1965 Immigration Act and the simultaneous elite decision to stop resisting the illegal influx.”
Still, the notion that a ban on immigration would stop or even decrease terrorist attacks ignores the fact that many terrorist attacks, at least here in the U.S., are committed by homegrown Islamic extremists. For example, the Ft. Hood murderer Nidal Malik Hassan and even the Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Even one half of the duo who committed the San Bernardino massacre was born and raised in the U.S.; the other perpetrator, his fiancée, was a Pakistani-born legal resident. Nevertheless Brimelow believes putting a halt on legal immigration would prevent even these atrocities.
Brimelow re-posted an article he wrote following Sayed Farook and Tafsheen Malik’s killing spree, in which he asserted that immigrants should be banned from entry into the U.S. on the off chance that their children and grandchildren might one day break the law:
There is one indisputable fact about Wednesday’s shootings in San Bernardino: if the family of Syed Rizwan Farook had not been allowed to immigrate 30 years ago and if he had not been allowed to import his fiancée Tafsheen Malik from Pakistan in 2014 as part of the ongoing “family reunification” scam, they would not have been able to murder 14 innocent Americans in 2015.
There are, of course, plenty of native-born American criminals. But, ignored by the Mainstream Media, mass murders by immigrants have quietly but unmistakably become a real Trend. … Maybe it`s because some of these immigrant killers come from chronically violent parts of the Third World. Maybe, as our Brenda Walker has suggested, it’s because of the very real but rarely-discussed psychological stress of transcultural migration. We don`t know. And nobody in the American elite is asking.
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Americans know from bitter experience that, now that the immigrant non-whiteness of the San Bernardino mass murderers has been established, the whole episode will go straight down the Orwellian Memory Hole. If it is left to the American elite, nothing will change.
Brimelow, per his admission, repurposed several paragraphs of this rant from a previous one demanding immigration restrictions following the Virginia Tech massacre. He continued:
A typically metaphysical MSM debate is currently raging as to whether the San Bernardino killings were “terrorism.” VDARE.com’s position: it doesn’t matter. Many immigrant mass murders are not by Muslims, but nevertheless reflect some profound alienation from American society. The answer: no immigration.
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In the end, the question is: why take the risk?
And the immediate answer is: an immigration moratorium(Muslims first).
The ultimate answer must be: expulsion. This was the late Lawrence Auster‘s proposal for dealing with Muslims in the West. He worked this out in considerable detail…
Today, of course, the idea that any immigrant group should be expelled from anywhere in the West is simply unthinkable. But the unthinkable happens quite often[.]
In other words, the threat may be minuscule, and it may or may not stop homegrown extremists, but go ahead and put a stop to all immigration (and finally expel those living here) so that U.S. citizens can at least feel safer.