High Fertility in Terrorist-Sponsoring Nations Increases Risks in U.S.

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By Joe Guzzardi

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October 3, 2016

Recently, Somali-born terrorist Dahir Adan stabbed and wounded nine in a St. Cloud, Minnesota, mall. At about the same time, Afghanistan-born Ahmad Khan Rahami was linked to bombings in New York and New Jersey. He is charged with using weapons of mass destruction and bombing a public place.

American-born Omar Mateen, mass murderer who lived in Orlando, Florida, is of Afghanistan ancestry. Last year, Syed Farook, also a U.S. citizen but of Pakistani decent, and his wife, Pakistan-born Tashfeen Malik, killed 19 in San Bernardino, California.

Fertility is the little discussed variable in terrorism threat.

Much has been written about these terrorists and their heinous acts. Of particular interest to the millions of Americans concerned about overpopulation, but rarely mentioned in the media, are the birth rates in Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other terrorist-sponsoring nations whose residents will be resettled in the United States in the coming years, unless congressional legislation imposes a moratorium.

Here they are: Somalia, 40.87 births/1,000; Afghanistan, 38.84/1,000; Pakistan, 23.19; and Iraq, 31.09/1,000. Compared to the U.S., 12.49/1,000, terrorist-friendly nations have very large families which can and often does lead to immigrant population-related challenges related to assimilation, education, health care and urban sprawl.

Such high rates may also increase the probability that the immigrants or their children will, like the examples cited above, become so-called “homegrown terrorists.” Stricter laws to govern refugee admission would reduce homegrown terrorism.

The House Judiciary Committee passed HR 4731, the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act. The legislation would set the annual refugee ceiling at 60,000, the average inflow in recent years. As well, it would require Congressional approval to increase the limit. Further, it would deny President Obama his plans to increase the number of refugees to 110,000, a 60 percent increase over last year that would include thousands from nations that have vowed to destroy the U.S.

Please go here to tell your representatives that, in these dangerous times, a full House floor vote to pass HR 4731 is imperative.


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