STEVE CORTES (HOST): Do we owe a moral obligation to Afghan nationals? Yes, to some who took great risk for our operations there, I really think we do. But they should stay in the region. We have bases all over the Middle East and we have regional allies with populations that share a culture and a faith with these Afghanis. It is time for those countries to step up and for them to provide refuge, not the United States. Bringing potentially hundreds of thousands of Afghanis to America — this is a terrible idea.
Now, we should learn from the disastrous experience Europe had with Afghani men and systemic sex crimes against women. Just a few weeks ago, a 13-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Austria and three Afghani migrants have been charged with that heinous crime. And because of that crime, Austrian Chancellor [Sebastian] Kurz, he made it clear just weekend that Austria will not accept any Afghan refugees. Statistics show, as I detail in my new op-ed, that that terrible case in Austria, it is hardly isolated. And it's not just an outlier. It's the worst example, but it's not an outlier. Police numbers show the relatively small Afghan population there in Austria commits an astounding half of all sexual assaults in that country. According to the Hoover Institution at Stanford, according to their research, once the giant wave of Afghan migration to Austria began in 2015, total sexual assaults there grew by a staggering 53% over the next four years. As The Wall Street Journal reported, next door in Germany, foreign-born residents right now account for one-third of all sex crime suspects.
Now, given these realities in Europe, is the mass migration of Afghan men to America really a good idea? Good for your wife, your daughter? The left will call us racist for opposing any amount of migration at all since they believe in open borders. But we have to brave enough to put up with their ridiculous aspersions. And brave enough to discuss cultural differences that matter.
Will these Afghans share our values, will they try to assimilate into the American way of life? It's not likely. A poll — a Pew Research poll found that a stunning, stunning 99%, nearly unanimous, of Afghans believe that Sharia should be the official law of the land. Let me repeat that. Ninety-nine percent of Afghans believe that Sharia should be the official law of land.