Berlin Terrorist Couldn't Be Deported Because... He Had No Papers?

Firefighters walk past ambulances after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market and killed several people in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

As more and more info comes out about the Berlin terrorist, we also get more and more info on what a failing immigration policy actually looks like. This little tidbit comes from the New York Post, who says Anis Amri had been under investigation for a while…

Germany’s Center for Terror Defense had been monitoring Amri since January because of his links to jihadist groups, The Guardian reported, citing security sources.

He landed on the radar of German cops earlier this year when he asked a police informant where he could get a gun — and also was investigated for a suspected terror plot.

…but they couldn’t just deport him. Why? Because they didn’t know where the hell to send him.

Despite his terror ties, Germany couldn’t deport him.

He arrived in Germany in July 2015 and applied for asylum, but his request was denied. Authorities couldn’t deport him because he didn’t have valid ID papers showing his nationality, said Ralf Jaeger, interior minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Amri had registered in a refugee center.

That… er… that is a pretty good reason to just boot him out, isn’t it? You can’t tell us where you come from? That’s a red flag. We’ll drop you off at the border and let you be on your way. However, Germany is suffering from an open borders policy that has left them vulnerable to the point of endangering the public on a nearly constant basis. The populace isn’t happy, and Angela Merkel’s chances for re-election are getting slimmer.

This is the danger that America actually faces when it allows refugees into our borders without documentation or thorough vetting. And it, frankly, is one of the reasons Donald Trump won the election. The idea of someone who wishes to do real, actual harm to America by exploiting a weak immigration system and policy terrifies a lot of the people who saw Trump as the only thing standing in the way of Islamic extremism.

There is a lot to learn from Germany’s failures here. Hopefully, we learn these lessons now, rather than first hand.