Katy Perry’s World Has Borders and Barriers but Yours Shouldn’t

Hollywood celebrities seem to have become convinced that they are capable of providing better commentary on world events than people who actually have relevant expertise. This would be amusing if political leaders took advice from pop idols with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, politicians love the easy press that comes when superstars speak out on a particular political agenda. Meanwhile those of us who care about the safety and security of the nation look on in horror at pseudo-spectacles, like comedian Stephen Colbert’s testimony to congress on the need for immigration reform.

The latest Hollywood lunacy-cum-commentary comes from pop music icon Katy Perry. On the continuum of hypersexualized nonsense that passes for entertainment these days, Ms. Perry falls somewhere between Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. She also holds the dubious distinction of being the world’s most followed person on Twitter. How that qualifies her as an expert on geopolitics isn’t clear.

Nevertheless, in a recent appearance on the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Ms. Perry held forth on the Manchester terrorist bombing. Her prescription for eradicating jihadist extremism: “No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.” Of course, that is utterly absurd. The Manchester bombing resulted from Britain’s embrace of lax immigration controls and poor vetting. Open borders, and a lack of barriers, caused this problem. Therefore, it should be self-evident that they cannot be the solution. In effect, Ms. Perry is arguing that the best cure for a case of poisoning is to administer even more of the toxin.

The Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi, was a natural born citizen of the U.K. However, prior to being admitted to the U.K. as a refugee, his Libyan father Hashim Abedi had been a member of a jihadist group with links to ISIS and Al Qaeda. That information was rapidly obtained by investigative authorities in the days following the attack. If it could be uncovered so quickly in the wake of tragedy, there is absolutely no reason why it couldn’t have been uncovered as part of a thorough vetting process prior to admitting the Abedi family to Great Britain. Contrary to Ms. Perry’s advice, appropriate barriers, designed to keep terrorists out of the refugee process, might have saved the lives of 22 innocent Britons.

Of course, Ms. Perry’s less than insightful commentary is just one more example of Hollywood hypocrisy. She comments disdainfully on the negative effects of borders and barriers that protect the cultural, economic, and national security interests of average Britons and average Americans. However, she does seem committed to maintaining one border, the one that protects her from the real world. Ms. Perry lives in a $19 million mansion, in a gated community, located in a secluded section of the Hollywood hills. Co-existence is easy when you live in a fantasy land.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    Red Flowers on

    Another rich Hollywood communist. Move to Venezuela and see how life really is under leftist rule.

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    The MSM Horrifying Hollywood/Entertainment Mass Attack on Trump

    Has one of its Open Border minions backing off quite a bit on Trump….Rolling Stone changed its tune this month?

    A great Rolling Stone interview with Willy Nelson on Trump. Willy knows Trump and has done concerts in his casinos, Willy would only say, he always paid me in full for my work. He also stated that Trump is finding out its a very hard job. IMO, especially with establishment swamp gators snapping at him in masses to slow his Populist agenda.

    Willy did state Sessions is wrong for comparing marijuana [a mild euphoric] to heroin [a horrifying narcotic] .

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    No surprise that this simple-minded twit was a big Hillary supporter. And as pointed out, she’s a do as I say, not do as I do type. Why doesn’t she get rid of her security guards and let everyone backstage at her concerts? After all, no barriers. One of the entertainers who has excoriated his home country’s Islamic immigration policy is English singer Morrissey. He said that the political establishment refuses to recognize the truth and the country is living under a state of constant terror.

    I guess Obama just can’t let go. He shows up in Germany today, the same day as Trump, who I think is the current president, and of course Obama and his best gal pal Angela “everyone is welcome in Germany until too many come” Merkel had their typical love fest. One of the things getting scant media attention is the fact that the Manchester bomber trained at a terrorist camp in Libya.

    That camp was only there because Obama and Hillary actively backed the overthrow of Khaddafi. Yes, he was a dictator but he kept the lid on the radicals. His removal led to 4 Americans killed at Benghazi [while the administration refused for many hours to send in troops and planes who might have saved them], and it also turned Libya into a huge staging ground for radical terrorist groups.

    The media made much out of the fact that Trump told the president of the Philippines a month ago that there were “two nuclear submarines” near Korea. But all North Korea had to do to know that was read the papers. Two nuclear subs, Michigan and Cheyenne, made very public port calls in South Korea and Japan during that period. But why ruin good media spin?

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      Leland to be fair I went back and saw the whole NATO speech……OK i have to say it was a good speech….it appears we spent more because we decided to engage by ourselves and England most of the expenses…….

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    How so if the guy was born there? ….what it appears is that if someone from there goes back to where parents came from then more attention n surveillance us needed……but then always easy to speak after the fact.. .

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      There are not enough people to watch the thousands who are radicalized. It takes 60 people to maintain a round the clock surveillance on one suspect. He was on their radar but not enough people to follow up on him. Same thing in France. Why keep allowing Muslims into the country when this is frequently the result. He was born in Britain and hated his countrymen. Too many of them do. Like Trump said, losers who can’t build successful societies of their own.

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        why do they hate us? We The People and civilians did nothing to them? what do you suggest?

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          You tell me what we “did” to them. We allowed them entry into our countries and they hate us for our way of life. There are 40 plus Muslim countries. Don’t come to western countries and expect us to change, which is exactly what they do.

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            Well Leland are you able to think?….why are there refugees fleeing into EU and here?

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            Actually a lot of them are already safe in Muslim countries like Turkey, so the question remains why do they want to come to western countries when they hate our way of life and expect us to change.

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          Jason Houchen on

          Why they hate us is down the list of priorities. The number one priority is to combat the “how” they express the hatred for “the West” particularly the United States. I am so tired of the rhetoric that tries to excuse these reprehensible acts. Stephen Colbert, Katy Perry and many other celebrities that have huge social media followings tend to “enlighten” the sheeple that **** on every tweet or post. Back in 2003 Cheryl Crow made comments to the effect of the best way to avoid war is to avoid having enemies….well nice thought but the problem is that occasionally we have no say in the enemies choosing us– That didn’t seem to matter to many of the sheeple that were in awe of her courageous and profound insight into achieving world peace. I say stick to your day job telling your jokes and making your music or whatever your talent!

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            Jason WRONG….you are a single-minded individual……..actually you should do some soul searching and research why things happen in life…….actions — > reaction —- > consequence….

            Very simple even a teenager understands…….

            You belong to the Dark ages and people like you will be always at War.

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        Well Leland perhaps easy to say after the facts, BUT….you have now sophisticated technology to set red flags and send info to local police to monitor right after they come back form those countries……..the effort can be split throughout the different entities….collect credit card purchases, GPS location (phone ) and a daily report of this individual’s where abouts….etc……to zoom in…….

        Somehow we have to do it…..

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          Jason houchen on

          I fully understand the concept of actions, reactions and consequences. Perhaps I completely missed the point of the piece–I thought we were discussing the article regarding Katy Perry’s foreign policy ideas and the platform that celebrities sometimes misuse to espouse their sometimes misguided views…. My bad!

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            Jason houchen on

            How stupid of me to actually think that the protection of innocent lives takes priority over understanding the way more pressing issue of the “why”- Again-my bad!

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            Obviously, you do wear your gray matter in your rear bumper……stretch a bit your brains and read again….it is not your bad….only stupidity……you said:

            “How stupid of me to actually think that the protection of innocent lives takes priority over understanding the way more pressing issue of the “why”- Again-my bad!”

            Besides being a clown in the way you expressed yourself….only morons would think that…….that is it is already understood that takes priority……get a life!

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          Jason Houchen on

          I appreciate very much your assessment of my intelligence and the era that I should be living in based upon a paragraph of commentary that is subjective at best. I wouldn’t presume that perhaps you are an idiot and belong in a leper colony in another century. That would be rude and inappropriate because I know nothing about you except these arguments of yours on this site. I also would never tell a complete stranger that they are wrong unless we were discussing math, science, or grammar.

          Perhaps I will do some soul searching as to why I waste the time and energy that I do on the unworthy.

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            JH lots of going around to excuse your misunderstanding n stand corrected. You have the same obsolete intellect as Putin’s in trying to appear “suave” in your writing style n hide behind insults n who you really are, to appear educated but basically still a Flinstones.
            The only unworthy here is you, since you are your own actions n time. About time at this stage in your life you tackle straight the issues.
            Your style to come across lacks of class…….I said your style not you. I believe in 2nd, 3rd…. opportunities…..

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            Putin’s intellect style sample can be seen in the interview with GPS, Zafeer, basically kissing his butt n then criticizing him….. so cheap

            Last Jason it was not stupid of you not to realize the why, it is actually very stupid n caveman like not to look into it why to avoid further avoid future incidents….you lack of basic critical thinking, reason n vision.

            Iam not telling you what think, but what it is…..you are a real piece of work more closely to a clown.but you have the rest of your life to fix this….n you are the only one interested if u want to improve yourself as a human being