Friday, April 21, 2006

Britain's Immigration Problem

Mean Mr. Mustard links to an excellent post on immigration in Britain by Peter Hitchens. It seems that the inability to discuss or deal with the problem constructively by the nation's primary parties is finally bubbling over:

And people are so sick of them and their lies, and so sick of being called ‘racists’ when they are not, that when they see the BNP called the same rude names that they have been called, they think the BNP must be on their side. Sadly for them, the BNP is on nobody's side but its own. It seeks power on their votes but heaven forbid it should ever get any power. It is not fit to run a toy train set, let alone a town hall or a country.

Why has this happened? How did we get into this fix? Mass immigration has suited governments of left and right for many years, not just in Britain but in North America and continental Europe as well. Why? It creates a semi-legal underclass of people who will work for low wages and avoid the strict minimum wage, health and safety and other regulations which have been imposed on employers by governments paying debts to trade union supporters or obeying EU regulations.

I'm aware of no American analog to the BNP that would pose a problem of radicalization, which is good news; elements of the Republican and Democratic parties have begun to deal with the issue openly and honestly, and I find myself having a least measured optimism because of it. Hitchens goes on to describe the British immigration problem, and it could just as well describe the Ameican problem:

Yet it does not stop or pause. It just seems to go on and on, and the expansion of the European Union to the East means that it is likely to become still more intense. Who can blame young people in search of a better future for coming here if they can? The real question is, is this policy wise for Britain? It may suit business. It may suit governments whose economic policies need endless growth. It may suit the rich who like the wider range of cuisine. It may suit those who have no long-term concern for this as a functioning, unselfish community. There is such a thing as society, but the thoughtless supporters of mass migration do not seem to think so.

Read the whole thing.

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