By Joe Steck, Mankato Times - BLUE EARTH, MINN. — Jim Hagedorn, Republican candidate for congress in Minnesota’s 1st district is calling for changes in our immigration system after multiple bombings took place this morning in Brussels, the capitol of Belgium.
“First and foremost I want to send my condolences to the families who lost loved ones and to those who were injured in the senseless bombings in Belgium today,” said Hagedorn “Sadly, a subset of refugees and migrants from countries and cultures that hate America will act upon radical religious ideology to punish and destroy the West. Today’s events in Brussels appear to be another example.”
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks at Zaventem Airport and of the Maelbeek Metro Station, which killed over 30 people and wounded over 200 more. Several Americans are among the injured from the attacks. Brussels is home to NATO’s headquarters and has thousands of American military personnel and their families stationed there.
Hagedorn said that “The first responsibility of a member of Congress is to defend the United States and protect the American people.”
Belgian federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said late Tuesday morning that it was too soon to know exactly how many people died in the bombings. Yet Belgian state broadcaster RTBF, citing emergency services, reported 20 dead at the Maelbeek metro station and 14 more killed at Brussels’ international airport.
“We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told reporters.
“Our federal government’s failure to secure America’s borders, fix a broken Visa/passport system and curtail the massive transfer of people from nations that hate Christians and westerners has made us vulnerable to Islamic terrorism,” Hagedorn said “Congressman Walz has supported the Presidents Middle East foreign policy and supports Obama’s open borders and the continuation of the refugee program which looks to relocate 200,000 more refugees into the United States.”
Some officials, including FBI Director James Comey, worry there are “gaps” in the vetting process with the refugee program. Experts say U.S. intelligence in Syria isn’t very good, because the U.S. lacks much of a presence on the ground. So there’s no way to compile a thorough watch list of possible terrorists from Syria against which refugees can be checked.
Spanish Foreign Secretary Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo called ISIS a “terrorist cancer,” and said: “We must be aware that as they are hit in Syria and Iraq, they are going to go elsewhere. They have sleeper cells all over the world and Belgium has a very serious problem.”
“The USA and Minnesota already have a terrorist-recruiting problem from existing East African and other refugees. As I have called for since last September, we must take a refugee program “timeout” until our government can figure out what’s going on,” Hagedorn said “We also must secure our borders, implement a biometric entry/exit Visa system, deport those who have overstayed Visas and reconnect with a foreign and military policy of Peace through Strength.”
Calls to Congressman Tim Walz were not answered at the time of the article but he did release this statement on his twitter account
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Brussels and the victims of this morning’s senseless attacks.”
On November 19, 2015 Hagedorn released this youtube video warning of Islamic Terrorism threat and calling for a timeout to the ongoing refugee program which looks to relocate 200,000 more refugees into the United States.