Stop the Migrant Invasion

By Betsy McCaughey Published on May 23, 2024

Americans don’t have to surrender their country to the millions wading across the Rio Grande and crashing fences to get in.

In Europe, ordinary people are fighting to save their continent and their standard of living from the impact of mass migration. Americans need to watch these Europeans and be encouraged. Resisting the cost of housing, feeding and educating migrants doesn’t make you a racist or bigot.

There is a global movement of people who want the richer life they’ve heard about in the U.S. and Europe. They’re forcing their way in, immigration laws be d***ed.

Most of these migrants are not destitute. According to the Center for Global Development, they have above-average incomes in their home country and are moving to gain more.

Migration is the hot-button issue in the European Parliament election on June 6-9.

The European Union — a 27-country compact headquartered in Brussels — insists that every member country is obliged to take in migrants or pay other member countries to do it for them.

Member Countries Respond: Not So Fast!

Not so fast, say populist politicians in the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk refuses, saying Poland “will not have to accept any migrants … and the European Union will not impose any migrant quotas on us.”

On May 15, after months of politicking, the Netherlands assembled a coalition government that promises to oppose migration and install “the strictest-ever asylum regime.” That sets up a clash with Brussels. The Dutch government will seek to opt out of the EU’s migration quotas.

Dutch activist Eva Vlaardingerbroek bashes the “corrupt elite” in Brussels that “invites the invasion in and makes the native population pay for it.” Just like the Biden administration makes New Yorkers and Chicagoans pay.

The Left insists migration is a humanitarian crisis. Wrong. It’s a lawless invasion. Europeans are fighting back. Americans should, too.

Hungary is also expected to opt out, though Brussels has indicated it will resist. “Hungary will never give in to the mass migration frenzy,” vows Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Fifteen EU member countries — more than half the union — petitioned Brussels last week to keep asylum seekers out of Europe until their claims are heard and verified. The petitioners, led by Denmark, propose detaining migrants offshore in non-EU countries. Currently, fewer than half of asylum seekers win their case, but losers stay in Europe anyway, evading the law. They can’t demonstrate a legitimate fear of persecution based on their race, religion or political beliefs. Some call them fakugees.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni cut a deal to house asylum seekers in Albania at Italy’s expense while claims are heard. The 15 petitioning countries suggest Meloni’s policy — call it “Remain in Albania” — should be a model across the EU. Sounds a lot like Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy.

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Increasingly, Europeans are asking why they should hand over their continent to whoever manages to get in.

Similarly, United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is vowing to “stop the boats” carrying asylum seekers across the English Channel. He insists the British public has the right to determine “who crosses our borders.” Parliament passed a harsh deterrent, allowing the government to detain and deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, where their claims will be processed. Even those who win asylum will have to remain in Rwanda — not exactly paradise — eliminating any incentive to sneak across the channel.

Humanitarian groups are protesting, but on Monday, Austria endorsed the harsh U.K. approach.

This Side of the Pond

On this side of the pond, 77% of Americans regard illegal immigration as a either a “crisis” (45%) or a “major problem” (32%), according to Pew Research Center.

Over two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of immigration, according to an Associated Press poll. Black leaders are angry that resources are being diverted from their community to migrants.

The Biden administration has dishonestly portrayed the southern border crisis as unavoidable. Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last week that it’s important to “contextualize it,” as “the world is seeing the greatest level of displacement since at least World War II.”

Forget the sob stories. Most migrants come for economic gain, jumping in front of legal immigrants and defying a nation’s right to control who enters.

The Left insists migration is a humanitarian crisis. Wrong. It’s a lawless invasion. Europeans are fighting back. Americans should, too.

 

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. Follow her on X @Betsy_McCaughey. To find out more about Betsy McCaughey and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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