In 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted nearly one million refugees as asylum seekers. However, this has presented quite a few problems for Merkel and her ruling coalition since then. In a recent study by Zurich University, it was revealed asylum seekers had reversed the decreasing violent crime trend in the German City of Lower Saxony. Merkel has also faced a challenge over immigration with her ruling coalition until she was able to secure a last-minute deal with her Interior Minister for tighter immigration controls last week.
We had Tyrus, Fox News contributor, actor, comedian and former WWE wrestler join us to discuss the refugee crisis. Here is what he told Bold TV:
“I think unfortunately, it’s not a numbers game and a stats game, and in a lot of cases it’s not even a facts game. We’re dealing with feelings, we’re dealing with superstitions on both sides. People feel, and it seems to become a trend, that anybody coming in is a problem. They fall into the stereotypes for every one or two refugees, there’s three or four ISIS workers sneaking in there…The stereotypes are much stronger —with more flavor than the facts that you just gave me — which are great and make sense, but by the time the spin cycle is over for whatever side you are on, they’re becoming scary and the average Joe just hears, ‘Strangers are coming in to my neighborhood, they could be criminals, they could be terrorists, they’re not willing to assimilate to our culture. That’s the issue.'”
Tyrus went on to share, “First of all, nobody wants to be a refugee. Nobody wants to lose their country, no one wants to flee with what they can carry — and usually it’s one of their children –from their home to go to a strange place where they don’t know the language, (it’s) probably a different religion, different way of doing things. So for them, if you put yourself in their shoes (or in most cases, lack of shoes) it’s a terrible situation.”
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