Chancellor Merkel’s Saga Goes On



By Sigrid Weidenweber

A few days past, the topic of my report were Ms. Merkel’s Mass Migration problems. As you recall her 100-day government is on the verge of imploding. There, in Germany, as here in the US, massive influx of foreigners is the problem. Europe cannot integrate the masses fleeing Africa and the Middle East, as we are unable to integrate everyone fleeing poverty in South America. From personal experience and an informal survey, our schools cannot even teach English to most of the migrant force in our country, never mind instill love and appreciation for America in people who watch only Spanish language television.

The same, in rougher form, holds true in Europe where young Arab men on welfare linger in café’s sporting wife-beater T-shirts and smoking cigarettes at 11 am. Don’t doubt me—I have seen it in Berlin in my old home district. Therefore, I believe the reports in the Wall Street Journal, telling of small villages chaffing under migrant joke placed on their necks by Berlin. The same holds true for France, Sweden and other EU countries.

Meanwhile Ms. Merkel rushed from one EU partner to another, begging them to take back those migrants that first landed on their soil and either were refused asylum or had departed immediately for Germany where higher welfare payments awaited. However, Ms. Merkel’s efforts fail where ever she set foot. Some members of the EU cast of actors are downright obstreperous, as is Italy, Austria, Hungary and others. Asked on Wednesday to take back German asylum seekers, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini stated categorically, “The Italian government is only willing to help Italians.” And in another retort answering the request to take in migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, he said, “Instead of being willing to take, we are willing to give.”

This remark came among a flurry of sharply worded statements, citing that Italy will not accept any more migrants, never mind the country of origin. A new European summit about asylum matters has attained urgency as Ms. Merkel’s government might fall apart of this crisis. On the agenda for this meeting is the establishment of dis-embarkation areas in African countries along the Mediterranean cost, to which rescued migrant could be deported.

In recent weeks Malta, like Italy, also denied entry to three ships loaded with hundreds of people rescued off the Libyan coast. Migrants, certain of rescue, leave Africa in dinghies and small boats from Libya’s coast. Once rescued, they were assured to be taken to Europe. Mo more!

That scenario strongly reminds me of our daily assaulted border, where Mexicans, South Americans and others are entering the USA with whole families just by walking into the arms of our border police, assured of welcome and asylum hearings. As long as our government allows this method of entry the assault will continue. To keep families together and incarcerate no more, migrant should be immediately sent back and forced to start asylum proceedings through legal channels from Mexico or their home countries.


Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

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