By Jackson Richman
At a rally last February, President Donald Trump may have slipped by saying “Look at what’s happening in Sweden.”
Ironically, it turns out that Trump forecasted last month’s deadly attacks in the Scandinavian country.
According to Voice of Europe, Sweden, home to just under 10 million people, encountered 13 bombings in 25 days. In a report from the outlet, “Earlier this month, the attacks have included: an attack on the police station in Malmö, on a multi-family apartment complex, and a car bomb. The most recent attack that occurred on 2 November, was on a nightclub restaurant in Malmö. The Babel nightclub’s front entrance was destroyed by the bomb. There were no injuries in this attack.”
While Trump’s slip-of-the-tongue remark was rightfully criticized, that remark has now underlied a strange and unfortunate irony: despite the need not to act hysterically and close borders, threats against national security must not succumb to anything, especially political correctness.
As highlighted below, we must be careful in how we analyze events like the recent attacks in Sweden.
There is a vast gulf between perceptions of rising crime, and actual crimes. (Incidents of reported crime increased marginally from 2015 to 2016, according to the Swedish Crime Survey, which cautions that increased claims of crime don’t necessarily mean that actual crime has surged.) Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, has just been ranked among the world’s top ten safest cities.
Sweden has accepted the largest number of asylum-seekers per capita of any European nation — and a government survey shows foreigners are 2.5 times more likely to be suspected of crimes — but the fact remains that most offenders are Swedish-born [emphasis theirs].
In the aftermath of the New York city truck bombing, perpetuated by an ISIS sympathizer, the Trump administration implemented tightened vetting of immigrants. Which should have been done anyway instead of previous travel bans. Tightening vetting means having restrictive requirements to determine who can immigrate. It also enables less hysteria on the news and nationwide.
Another example of a rational solution, this one suggested by politicians such as Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, is to eliminate the diversity lottery system. Created in 1990, this program was originally intended to help Irish immigrants escape terrorism by the Irish Republican Army. Four years ago, Schumer and a bipartisan group of Senators called for scrapping the program.
In 2013, the controversial Gang of Eight attempted to overhaul our immigration system which consisted of eliminating the diversity visa lottery program.
The best chance of repealing the program is likely to be during discussions over how to handle those who came under the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, known as DACA, which was an executive action by Trump’s predecessor and was revoked and delayed a couple months ago. Congress has until next March to find a solution for DACA recipients.