Germany Taking in Record Numbers of Asylum Seekers, Department of Justice Launches Civil Rights Probe of Chicago Police Department

Migrant Crisis: Germany Heads for 1 million Asylum Seekers in 2015-BBC News

Germany continues to take in more asylum seekers registering 964, 574 migrants over the first 11 months of 2015 causing the country to be on track for 1 million migrants arriving in 2015.  Each month there are a record number of migrants arriving in Europe, with a record of 206, 101 in November.  At a rate of 42 % Germany is second to Sweden at 77 % in registering asylum seekers in Europe.  Syrians have been the largest nationality group allowed access into Germany causing Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel to face criticism from a few European countries after terrorist attacks in London and Paris.

Department of Justice Expected to Launch Civil Rights Probe-CBS News

The Justice Department is planning to announce a civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police department this week.  The Chicago Police Department is under intense scrutiny due to incidents where white police officers have shot young black men.  Additionally, the police department has failed to release video of these incidents until one of the police officers was charged with murder inciting protests in Chicago’s business district, The Loop on Sunday.  This investigation will allow the Justice Department to check all police car dashboard cameras to make sure their video and audio capacities work making their inability to function not a legitimate excuse for preventing important video from being released.

Obama: “The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it”-CNN

On Sunday, President Barack Obama made a speech from the Oval Office declaring that the United States will overcome acts of terrorism. “We will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless,” Obama said. He also explained that there must be tougher gun control laws to prevent national acts of terrorism. “Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon?” Obama said.  Additionally, he stressed that the United States would not send ground forces to Iraq and Syria in order to defeat ISIS.  He ended the speech with a statement to unify the nation and have pride in the United States. “Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear. That we have always met challenges, whether war or depression, natural disasters or terrorist attacks, by coming together around our common ideals as one nation and one people,” Obama said.