For as much heat as Donald Trump has taken for his strict stance against illegal immigration and refugee resettlement, the U.S. is book-ended by countries who are no different when it comes to wanting to enforce their immigration laws.
Not only does Mexico deport more illegal immigrants from Central America than we do in the United States, they’ve doubled deportations over the past year (ironically as the Mexican government continues to denounce Trump for doing the same). Thousands of illegal immigrants in the U.S. that have “self-deported” themselves in Canada have found that they aren’t allowed there either.
Speaking of Canada, President Justin Trudeau promised to take in the Syrian refugees that would be prevented from entering the U.S. after Trump ended our refugee program, but never actually ended up following through on that promise.
Could it be that leaders are simply virtue signaling, when in reality they know Trump’s policies on immigration are simply common sense? Duh.
In Sweden last week, the Dalai Lama expressed sympathy with the plight of refugees from the Middle East, but said that he doesn’t believe it’s the responsibility of Europe (or other non-Middle Eastern nations) to permanently host refugees. “Europe belongs to the Europeans,” he said.
As the Daily Wire reported, “the former Nobel Peace Prize Winner sympathized with the plight of refugees and even said that Europe is ‘morally responsible’ for helping those who are facing “danger against their life,” he stressed that the end-game should be the rehabilitation of their homeland, not migration to Europe. ‘Receive them, help them, educate them… but ultimately they should develop their own country,’ he continued.”
Two years ago, the Dalai Lama told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about the refugee crisis, that “Germany cannot become an Arab country.”
The Lama is widely viewed as a progressive religious leader, but now they’re the ones left scratching their heads.
Unfortunate, xenophobic statement by @DalaiLama. Tibetan refugees live in several parts of the world. What advice would he have for them? From the U.S. to Dharamsala & Ladakh in India, Tibetan refugees are everywhere. How would it feel if someone asked them to go back to Tibet! https://t.co/pCoEyiELV4
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) September 13, 2018
Imagine if someone had told you a decade ago that in 2018, the 14th Dalai Lama, a Nobel laureate and a refugee, would launch an attack on refugees, while Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and former prisoner of conscience, would defend the unlawful imprisonment of journalists.
— NilsHenrikSmith (@NilsHenrikSmith) September 13, 2018
Didn’t know the Dalai Lama was a fascist https://t.co/n9XAUHk3fE
— Conor Curry (@conor_curry14) September 13, 2018
So, the Dalai Lama repeated what is already current policy in the EU. he also said Europe was "morally responsible" for helping "a refugee really facing danger against their life". Which is what YOU oppose and try to sabotage.
I am flabbergasted. . . . . https://t.co/Qb0EPK0CY4
— Social Justice Combatant ❄️ #WATON (@DutchCloggs) September 13, 2018
And, comments echoing the Dalai Lama’s sentiments were plentiful.
This from the most impressive man I’ve ever met. https://t.co/JlNA6mgR0Y
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) September 13, 2018
The Dalai Lama is right. Europe belongs to Europeans as much as Tibet belongs to Tibetans. Not the Han Chinese. But #LeLi logic would say Tibet belongs to non-Tibetans. This is not about #Right and #Left but commonsense. #FakeLiberals #BogusAngst https://t.co/sxcN0q3AOk
— Kanchan Gupta (@KanchanGupta) September 13, 2018
The ever-wise @DalaiLama has said that “Europe belongs to the Europeans” and that refugees should return home to rebuild their own countries.
Will EU establishment politicians now brand him ‘far-right’ as well? https://t.co/XzGJ725SSu
— Michael Heaver (@Michael_Heaver) September 13, 2018
Well it seems like the trope 'The older you get the more right-wing you become" even applies for the Dalai Lama pic.twitter.com/MwgCiplMYV
— Ted Shiress (@eccentricman87) September 13, 2018
In a world where liberals will brand literally anything racist, will the Dalai Lama be the next added to that list? I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s already made the list.