George Clooney was recently asked if he believes in Angela Merkel’s policy of bringing in 1.1 million Muslim refugees in a country with a German population of only 80 million: “I absolutely agreed with it in the beginning .. it is an amazing policy. Of course she’s facing a lot of difficulties; there’s a million refugees here. That’s a big task, and it becomes politically heavier as time goes on. So, you’re hoping to encourage that behavior because it’s been sort of a beacon in the rest of Europe particularly.”
Clooney was then asked, “what more do you think we should be doing?” Clooney replied, “well, the United States needs to do more. 10,000 refugees a year is not enough. That’s clear.” Clooney then walks off.
On February 12, 2016 Clooney had a meeting with Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, to discuss what more Hollywood could do “to help.” Here’s a recap on that:
A day earlier, George Clooney, had spoken at the Berlin Film Festival and told his audience that he was going to meet with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to see “what messages” and “what things we [Hollywood] can do” … “the things we can help with.”
Clooney stuttered through the speech pretty badly and even botched the pronunciation of Angela Merkel’s name. Clooney seemed apologetic, even embarrassed, that his own country hadn’t followed in the reckless policies of Angela Merkel, who many believe is destroying her own country with mass immigration. Germany has had to recently deal with a rape crisis of German women by Muslim and Somali immigrants.
picture: Marcin Wichary
Regarding Immigration … I wonder if George Clooney knows the following or if he just doesn’t care about Americans:
- We have almost 100 million working age people who are not working because they don’t meet the definition of “unemployed.”
- How many millions of manufacturing jobs did we never get because it is too expensive to make products in the USA because of bad trade deals?
- Immigrants have taken all new 9 million jobs created since 2000? Click here for article.
- The United States has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs between January 2000 and December 2014? And we need to bring in more immigrants?
- Cheap immigrant labor takes American jobs. Look at Disney. Disney employees were told in late October 2015 that they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on temporary visas for highly skilled technical workers, who were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India. Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost. Read the NYT article here.
- Welfare use is high for both new arrivals and well-established immigrants. Of households headed by immigrants who have been in the country for more than two decades, 48 percent access welfare (source).
- Immigrant households have much higher use of food programs (40 percent vs. 22 percent for natives) and Medicaid (42 percent vs. 23 percent) (source).
- Welfare use varies among immigrant groups. Households headed by immigrants from Central America and Mexico (73 percent), the Caribbean (51 percent), and Africa (48 percent) have the highest overall welfare use. Those from East Asia (32 percent), Europe (26 percent), and South Asia (17 percent) have the lowest (source).
- Many immigrants struggle to support their children, and a large share of welfare is received on behalf of U.S.-born children. However, even immigrant households without children have significantly higher welfare use than native households without children — 30 percent vs. 20 percent (source).
- The welfare system is designed to help low-income workers, especially those with children, and this describes many immigrant households. In 2012, 51 percent of immigrant households with one or more workers accessed one or more welfare programs, as did 28 percent of working native households (source).
- In 2012, 76 percent of households headed by an immigrant who had not graduated high school used one or more welfare programs, as did 63 percent of households headed by an immigrant with only a high school education (source).