My heart goes out to the victims of the synagogue shooting in San Diego and all those traumatized by this horrific event. As in Pittsburgh six months ago, the shooter was a white supremacist.
In the light of this, it is very hard for me to keep calm in the face of those who say undocumented immigrants and refugees are bringing crime and terrorism to the United States
Just ask yourself the question. How many shootings in synagogues, churches and mosques in the US, and how many Black churches burned, can be placed at the feet of undocumented immigrants? If the answer is zero, the focus inevitably turns to the very group that is arguing that immigrants are destroying the country.
If you look at our history, the vast majority of the anti-Semitic violence in this country, along with most of its racial and xenophobic violence, has been the product of white supremacists and those obsessed with preserving "the purity of the white race."
The very people trying to close our borders are the ones who pose the greatest danger.
Terrorism is not primarily a threat from abroad, it is a domestic phenomenon with roots deep in our history