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Reader comment on item: Militant Islam's New Strongholds

Submitted by H.G. (United States), Oct 22, 2002 at 11:17

But shouldn't the U.S. immediately and drastically reduce or end immigration of Muslims? My family came here to escape (1) the Communist takeover of Poland, and (2) the poverty in Mexico. I can appreciate the desire of people to start a better life in America.

However, it is becoming evident to me that the risks of immigration from Muslim countries outweighs any obvious benefits. My family worked hard to get here and to achieve prosperity. Now I feel that all the results of that hard work are at risk because of an increasing population of Americans who aren't really all that dedicated to the ideals American stands for. I know that is painting with an overly broad brush, but I would rather be safe than sorry. Look at the problems Europe (not to mention Nigeria, etc.) is beginning to have. Why allow that to happen here?

I sympathize with the innocent people who would be affected, but nobody has a fundamental right to come to this country. Anyway, I believe that we restricted immigration and student exchange from Soviet bloc countries, and I was a lot less wary of those guys than I am of Islamic radicals.

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