Sigh…what a week. We went to Washington on Thursday (I still need to post something more on that) and then everything changed on Friday. Because of the terrible news from Paris, it seems the world is finally waking up to the dangers of the refugee migration around the world. Our readership jumped by a lot for a narrowly focused blog (over 30,000 on Saturday and 20,000 today) and with that jump in interest came more questions, more e-mails, more phone calls, more press inquiries and so forth.
I’ll do my best to answer as many of you as possible, but honestly if I did, I would never post a thing here and that is what I think is the best use of my time and it’s what I am most passionate about.
Here are the top three posts of the week (but remember the data was collected yesterday, so doesn’t reflect posts after yesterday morning and today.
Here are the Top Ten countriesfrom which readers arrived at RRW this past week (besides the US):
And since we have thousands of new readers, here is what you need to know:
I apologize as always for not being able to read all of your e-mails or get to all of your phone calls. It is just me here.
You might try finding your answers at our relatively new—Frequently Asked Questions (linked above in the header).
I very much appreciate all of your requests for me to speak to your groups, but I am not taking any more speaking trips for the foreseeable future mostly because I believe my strength is in researching and reporting the news while traveling gobbles up enormous amounts of my time. Go here to a previous weekly round-up for more tips on getting the most out of your visits to RRW. We have over 7,000 posts archived here so you might need some guidance in finding useful information. Follow me on twitterbecause there is so much breaking news on refugees that I can’t possibly post it all! So please follow me on twitter or follow the twitter feeds in my right hand sidebar to keep up with the news! I am @RefugeeWatcher, click here. I’m posting articles there that readers send me, but that I simply can’t post for lack of time.
Our facebook page, here, passed the 10,000 likes mark this week!
Drudge is reporting the news late this afternoon….
Will the dominoes begin to fall? Will other Governors demand a halt to Obama’s misguided plan to bring in 10,000 Syrians that the FBI says cannot be vetted?
And, funny coincidence I just a few minutes ago got off a radio interview in Michigan, but neither the host nor I had yet heard this incredible news. For our long time readers, this is a huge turnaround because the Republican Governor Snyder had earlier this year saidhe would like to resettle 50,000 Syrians in the state to “revitalize” dying Detroit, here.
Forty eight hours after Paris,here is the news —-a complete about-face by the Governor:
LANSING — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he is suspending efforts to bring Syrian refugees to Michigan in light of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
“Given the terrible situation in Paris, I’ve directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures,” Snyder said in a statement released by his office on Sunday.
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” the statement said. “But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”
Huge test of states rights!
Now, we will be watching to see if this Governor (or any other of the fifty governors) have any power to halt the resettlement (by the federal government) of refugees in their states.
Gates of Vienna reports that a petition in the wake of the Paris terror attack seeking the halt of all refugee resettlement to the US from Middle Eastern countries has been placed on the White House ‘We the People’ petition site. Please go to GoV, see comments and follow links!
And, don’t forget that a sure fire way to stop the influx is to persuade Congress to use the POWER OF THE PURSE. Go here for our post yesterdayon that effort. We must make our voices heard in a big way! Sign the petition!
And, then call your members of Congress and US Senators and tell them to pull the plug on the funding! (Remember that US Senators Patrick Leahy and Lindsey Graham are pushing for $1 billion to be ADDED to a funding package to reach the Senate floor on or before December 11th to increase the Syrian flow to America).
I feel sure our friends at VDARE won’t mind if I post Maryland grassroots warrior Ed Hunter’s letter to VDARE about what happened on Friday evening when the indefatigable Hunter unfurled one of his highway overpass banners for French TV.
Here is Hunter’s banner for this week, but you can see others of his novel campaigns to circumvent the mainstream media and get his message directly to American citizens, at Blue Ridge Forum.
This is what happened on Friday evening as a French TV crew filmed him (from VDARE where you should go for links). In Ed’s words, but emphasis is mine:
Last week the Washington desk of the French TV station “France 2” contacted us at the Maryland Tea Party and said they wanted to go up on the overpass and conduct an interview on the Donald Trump phenomenon***. About 2 PM we arrive at the bridge over I-95 Northbound, and we set up the banners and are waving to people on the interstate below.
The rush hours is beginning and the traffic is starting to slow down as it passed under us. The French TV crew arrives about an hour later around 3 PM. They get out their big expensive TV camera, and the French reporter Valerie begins asking questions.
Some of them were hard to answer such as “What does Donald Trump mean?” or “Is this a popular provocation?” (The usual French stuff. How can you answer those types of questions?) Anyway, they get around to the subject of immigration and I can sense I am up against the usual PC wall as they try to get “racist” stuff out of me. So she says “Okay just try to summarize Trump in a way that makes sense to people in France.” So I said “Donald Trump is an American version of Marine Le Pen.” Then she asked if I supported Le Pen and I said, “Absolutely”.
I told her that Muslim immigration will be the end of France and Europe.
Then I asked them (off camera) if they felt that way, and they replied “Oh no…it is all a stunt, we do not have a immigration problem in France. These Muslims are French. They came to France to help us rebuild France. I said. ”French built France. Why can’t you rebuild it yourself?”
They looked at me as the typical redneck American. So as we are talking the noise from the honking from the interstate is rising to a crescendo. The honking and cheers for the Trump banners are getting so loud we can’t continue the conversation. The French say goodbye and get into their car and leave. I am asking myself “What is going on? Why is everyone reacting to the banners, which read ‘CANT BE BOUGHT…VOTE TRUMP’?” The whole Interstate has erupted. Everyone below as far as I can see is going nuts and cheering and leaning on their horn and screaming out the windows “Donald! Donald!” And we are waving back and this is going on for about an hour. And we can’t figure it all out. So it’s 5:30 PM and getting dark and cold. We take down the banners and drive to Starbucks for coffee when someone calls with the news about the Paris attacks.
The very moment that the French media elites were repeating the PC leftist party line… “We do not have an immigration problem. We are multicultural” etc., the news of the Paris attacks is hitting the car radios of the people on the highway below and they are going nuts in support of Trump and his defiance of the political, media and academic elites.
I called Valerie the French reporter and she had just heard the news. All she could say is “I am so shocked…so shocked!!” I said ”Why? You had to know this was coming, you were told a million times—”. At which point she hung up.The next morning I read Ann Coulter in Mediaite: “Donald Trump Was Elected President Tonight.”And I believe he was.
I saw it happen. I watched an almost physical wave of noise and cheering and honking roll up I-95 from as far as I could see south towards DC, to where it disappeared over the horizon to the north, up towards Baltimore, New York and points beyond.
All of this only confirms again for me—for middle class Americans, immigration is THE issue of 2016. And, I urge all of you to find your place in the battle to save us—to save America. You might not have Ed’s guts to get up on a highway overpass, but find your talent and put it to work to save us from becoming Europe!
***One last thing….when we attended the Georgetown Law School pro-open borders gathering in DC a couple of weeks ago, attendees were in complete shock over what they described as the “Trump phenomenon” here.
This post is filed in a category we hope to use more often—-called ‘creating a movement.’ Addendum! Angry about Paris? READ THIS POST and do it! Tell Congress to stop the funding for the Refugee Admissions Program NOW!