PBS Reports Germans’ Growing Rejection of Open Borders
PBS did a rare realistic piece on the violence of Muslims on its NewsHour program this week that portrayed the anger of Germans for what Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open borders policy has done to their country. By way of contrast, the network recently replayed Frontline’s Exodus documentary about the travails of Syrian refugees, and it was a cloying pile-on of human suffering and unwatchable as a result.
Malcolm Brabant, the journalist on the current report, has been broadcast on the NewHour before, telling the troubles of Europe struggling with the immigration onslaught loosed by elites on the citizens. He shows a proper liberal concern for the downtrodden of the world, but also reveals the genuine social chaos resulting when masses of people descend upon the continent. In 2015, he reported about Hungary’s border fence to keep out unfriendly muslims. A year later, Brabant reported Sweden’s reinstitution of borders after it became overwhelmed with hundreds of thousands of foreigners.
The recent Newshour report from Brabant focused on crime, starting with a march of concerned German citizens in the town of Kandel after the brutal murder of a 15-year-old girl by an asylum seeker who is believed to be older.
Below, Kandel townspeople demanded that “Merkel must go” as they protested alien crime.
And Germans aren’t imagining the crime problem, Brabant reports. A government study has found that violent crime is up by 10 percent between 2014 and ’16 in Lower Saxony. Plus, over 90 percent of the crime increase is caused by young male migrants.
Crime spike in Germany puts pressure on immigration policy, PBS NewsHour, February 7, 2018
John Yang: As we reported earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a deal to form a new coalition government. In the last election, she lost seats in Parliament to the right-wing Alternative for Germany party, or AFD.
A big issue was her decision to open the borders to more than a million migrants and refugees in 2015. Now, with AFD, the main opposition party, Merkel is facing demands to step up deportations of young male migrants.
As special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports, that follows a finding that they are largely responsible for an increase of violent crime in Germany.
Malcolm Brabant: A brutal murder in Kandel, Southern Germany, has placed the country’s open-door immigration policy under intense scrutiny. These marchers demanded protection and security for women and children, after a 15-year-old local girl, Mia Valentin. was stabbed to death by a young Afghan asylum seeker.
Her alleged killer claimed to be 15, but there are suggestions that he was older, exploiting a system which forbids the deportation of minors.
Lawyer Martina Boeswald: I am mother of three children, and we are here together to protest against the aggressivity of people who are grabbing our children, and who are — who bring fear in our country. We want to live in peace. And this is the fault of Angela Merkel.
Malcolm Brabant: The demonstration in Kandel was nominally organized by a women’s alliance, but the anti-immigrant AFD, or Alternative for Germany party, was well-represented. Myriam Kern is a former AFD councillor-
Myriam Kern (through interpreter): Since Germany has been pursuing the policy of open borders that is illegal, against our constitution, against our law and order, we have massive problems, as we do not know who comes into this country. We are not in control. We have lost control. We do not know what identity, what people are coming here.
Malcolm Brabant: This is a place that has traditionally been tolerant. It has welcomed refugees. But what they’re saying is that if murder can happen in a small town like Kandel, it can happen anywhere else in Germany.
The marchers chanted that “Merkel must go,” along with other slogans decrying Germany’s multiculturalism. In Kandel’s main square, they were confronted by anti-racism advocates who accused them of purveying Nazi propaganda.
Raymond Tremell: A girl has been killed, and that’s all. She isn’t killed because she’s German and someone is a foreigner. She’s just been killed, and you mustn’t make demonstration here against foreigners.
Doris Fuchs (through interpreter): Naturally, one has to do something against crime, yes. But, here, it is not about the crime anymore. Here, it is about simply vilifying people that come here seeking help. They want to get rid of them.
Malcolm Brabant: But a new government-sponsored crime study has generated more gloom for supporters of Germany’s liberal migration policy. It was conducted in Lower Saxony, the country’s fourth largest state, where violent crime rose by 10 percent between 2014 and ’16.
The impact can be seen at Hanover’s main station, where large squads of police are on duty. Rising crime has been added to the burden of anti-terrorist duties. According to the study’s author, Christian Pfeiffer, 92 percent of the violent crime increase is attributed to young male migrants, especially those from North Africa.