Police are hunting a 23-year-old Tunisian refugee, Anis Amri, over Monday’s Christmas market slaughter in Berlin, Germany, which claimed 12 lives and left 48 injured. Investigators found his wallet in the truck used in the attack and al-Qaeda books were discovered in his home. He may have had contact with a prominent ISIS recruiter in Germany.
Crowds have gathered outside the Chancellory in Berlin, demonstrating against Angela Merkel and her liberal refugee policy. Some of their placards read “Merkel Must Go” and “Protect Border.” A series of protests, counter-demonstrations and vigils are being held all across the city. Germany’s Interior Secretary has declared the county is in a state of war.
Amri was arrested three times this year for minor offenses; he had been under observation until September, and was the subject of a terror probe in Germany earlier this year. He had not been deported following his rejection for asylum because Tunisia refused to take him back.
Amri is just one of a three terrorists who have come from the Tunisia, which has sent more fighters to Syria than any other country. The other two attacks occurred in France: the Charlie Hebdo newspaper attack, which claimed the lives of 12 journalists, and the Bastille Day attack where a driver slammed his truck into a crowd in Nice, killing 86.
More Refugees Slated for U.S.
President Obama is pushing to accept 23,428 Muslim refugees in the first 11 weeks of 2017. His target of 110,000 would be exceeded if Hillary Clinton had been elected and continued with Obama’s policies. This program, called the Refugee Admissions Program, was enacted under Jimmy Carter in 1980 and has run on auto-pilot since then. The sitting president has the authority to set an annual ceiling. Trump can block the admission of the 80,000 or so who are set to come in after he takes office.
The Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. is urging Mexicans who are in the U.S. to apply for citizenship before Donald Trump takes office. Ambassador Carlos Sada Solana warned that they would be subject to deportation. According to DHS, there are about 2.6 million Mexicans who are lawful permanent residents in the U.S. who are eligible for citizenship, but have not applied.
Pray for President-elect Trump and his cabinet and the U.S. Congress to agree on a sane, humane immigration policy. Pray for God to protect us from terror attacks, and thank Him that our troubles so far have been minimal. Pray for those who have lost loved ones in Europe.