One out of over one million emigrants who arrived in Europe recently may have been involved in the IS attack on Paris. To right-wing European governments like those in Poland and Hungary, that is ample reason to continue denying entrance to refugees. To right-wing politicians like Marine LePen of France, it is an opportunity to expand their bases of paranoid xenophobes.
Needless to say, the opportunity has not been overlooked by American politicians who pander to our homegrown paranoid xenophobes. Our current immigration policy is so rigid that only 1800 Syrians have gained asylum in the USofA over the past two years — half of them children, and only three per cent men of "fighting age" — but that's not good enough for most Republicans. Fifteen Republican governors and all Republican presidential hopefuls are on the anti-refugee bandwagon (Christie: Not even three-year-old orphans!), and nobody should be surprised if some purple-state Democrats join them.
I can't imagine how it feels to be one of the Americans who inspire such panders; one of the rigid right-wingers who feel so afraid all the time, despite the assault rifles in their bedroom closets; who see every "outsider" (including our "African" President) as an existential threat; whose dark fantasies haunt our politics as much as they haunt their own twisted little psyches.
I'm glad I can't imagine it. I'm sufficiently upset by what's real.