Dutch sociologist Ruud Koopmans proclaims that Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other migrant groups.
The author of several books such as Contested Citizenship: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Europe told the Danish newspaper Berlingske that migration groups coming from predominately Islamic cultures have a hard time assimilating into Western cultures when stacked against other immigrants.
According to Koopmans assimilation among Muslims is possible, “the change is much slower.” He attributes a literal interpretation of the Quran, the holy book of Islam, as the main factor preventing Muslims from integrating into Western society.
Koopmans compared Muslim radicalism with Christian radicalism in a study titled “Fundamentalism and out-group hostility”.
The sociologist wrote “Almost 60 percent agree that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam”. Koopmans added that “75 percent think there is only one interpretation of the Qur’an possible to which every Muslim should stick.”
Koopman’s multiple decades of research on Islam has yielded some shocking trends on the nature of Islamic fundamentalism. “65 percent say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live.”
On the other hand, Koopmans’s research uncovered that fewer than 4 percent of Christians “can be characterized as consistent fundamentalists.”
Koopmans concluded that the “Islamic world is lagging behind rest of the world when it comes to democracy, human rights, and political and economic development.”
In his view, the literal interpretation of the Quran and Sunna lies at fault:
“The main problem is how many Muslims and, globally, how many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a way that basically claims that the Qur’an and the Sunna must be taken literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century.”
These uncomfortable truths are important to understand in immigration debates.
Open borders has become a dogma among the political class, believing that every immigrant is created equal and must be embraced with open arms.
It would behoove the political class in the West to recognize that not all cultures are the same and that immigration must be fine tuned in a way that promotes economic growth while maintaining social cohesion.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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