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Hindsight won't help in immigration crisis

The article by David Quinn (Saturday Review, February 4) reflects the chaos of the present situation of migrants and the chaos of the politics of migration.

Most commentators today have one characteristic in common: hindsight.

Unfortunately, migration policy tends to follow the crisis, as the crisis can seldom be anticipated.

This is particularly tragic for those forced to migrate and less tragic for those who ponder the consequences of said migrations. Akin to a sinking boat, hindsight can outline how lives could have been saved, but is little use to those who have drowned.

One would be a tad foolish to underestimate the ability of Germany to deal with chaos. When the Berlin Wall came down, Germany was left to deal with the fallout, which it did admirably.

As a resident of the former East Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel is well-placed to see the tension between chaos and opportunity.

The matter raised in the article regarding "the number of jihadists" who get into America disguised as refugees begs a question regarding the source of this fact, as refugees are the most highly vetted groups entering the United States.

Since September 11, 2001, of 784,000 refugees admitted to the US, only three have been arrested for terrorist offences. Two were not planning attacks in the United States and the third registered as "barely credible" with the authorities.

More than ever, a sensible framework is required when discussing migration policy.

One such framework that is well-researched and has stood the test of time is that provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

REV BOBBY GILMORE and REV ALAN HILLIARD

Former directors, Irish Immigrant Chaplaincies

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