Americans lately have a bad habit of drawing conclusions from unrelated circumstances. One of the attackers reportedly was a terrorist who blended himself in with refugees to get into Europe. America, as anyone familiar with geography knows, isn’t Europe, and hundreds of thousands of boats aren’t washing up on America’s shores. So, to whatever degree the attack is relevant to European migration policy, it is not, at any rate, relevant to American policy.
That doesn’t stop demagogues and overreacting politicians from acting on it. Governors in more than a dozen states are trying to stop refugees who will already be admitted to the U.S. anyway from coming to their own states.