Donald Trump’s critics would have you believe that the Republican nominee singlehandedly set the United States ablaze with anger over illegal immigration, creating it, magically, with the sheer will of his charisma. But while Trump certainly brought immigration back to the forefront of our national consciousness with that explosive opening speech last summer, that anger was present before his candidacy and its tentacles stretch far beyond the American shorelines.
According to a new, worldwide Ipsos survey, citizens all over the Western hemisphere are beginning to take a dimmer view of what immigration is doing to their countries. In a poll that sampled respondents from the U.S., Mexico, Britain, France, Germany, Australia, and 16 other countries, Ipsos found that 49% of people surveyed said there were “too many immigrants” coming through the borders. 46% said that “immigration is causing their country to change in ways they don’t like.”
In Belgium and France, 60% of respondents said that immigration was having a “negative impact” on their countries.
Considering the terror attacks that have unfolded in both of those countries over the last year, that response is hardly surprising.
But terror is just one of many concerns for people waking up to the perils of unrestrained immigration policies. Economists go back and forth over whether or not immigration – legal or otherwise – provides a net good for a country’s economy; either side can find rational (and often misleading) data to support their opinion. But data-driven arguments don’t make a lot of difference either way to a man whose job was taken from him and given to a cheap replacement.
The most pressing concern for most people, whether they admit it to themselves in these politically-correct times or not, is the loss of culture that inevitably accompanies any massive surge in immigration.
It’s apparently somewhat bigoted in the modern era to prefer things to stay the way they are, though. Downright racist, they say.
Well, they know what’s best…
But slowly, people are starting to see through the nonsense. You can dress up your propaganda with a choir of DREAMers and an entire convention hall filled with Muslim Gold Star families; it won’t change a thing. When Americans – or people of any country – really start to sense the enormous shift in culture that is about to start happening, you’re going to see a movement that will put Trump’s to shame.
Unfortunately, if that theoretical movement were to ever come to life, it would mean we went soaring past the point of no return long ago.