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Thursday, November 10, 2005

French Riots: A Gift from the Open Borders Lobby

While there is no one cause for the French riots, none of the "experts" have considered decades of failed immigration policies as the cause of the riots.  France, similar to the United States and most western countries, has experienced decades of out of control legal and illegal immigration. 

France, similar to the United States, has responded with liberal and inadequate immigration enforcement that has caused the nations' demographics to change rapidly. Nations like France, the United States and other Western Nations must come to terms with their immigration policies. 

They can either strictly control and limit illegal and legal immigration or be willing to accept that uncontrolled immigration will change the makeup, values and culture of their nations.

Unlike past immigrant generations who quickly assimilated, today's immigrants take much longer to assimilate if they assimilate at all.  This is due to technology.  In the past, immigrants were generally cut off from their mother countries which made assimilation much easier. 

Today, satellite technology brings movies, news and culture from an immigrant's home country to the living room of his adopted country via TV, the internet and other forms of media.  In the United States for example, a Hispanic immigrant can live in the United States for decades without having to learn a word of English or adopt American culture.  They can turn on Spanish-only TV and radio, read Spanish news papers and read government forms in Spanish. This phenomenon is taking place all over the Western Nations.

The law of unintended consequences is at work. Perhaps the Open Borders Lobby never got the lesson of "cause and effect" in school and didn't foresee the effect of allowing tens of millions of migrants to flow over the borders in search of a new life...or perhaps they did. If they didn't, they should have.

History has given us many lessons. We should remember the lesson of the migration of the European Vikings as they moved from Scandinavia into the British Isles. First they came as marauders, seeking loot and slaves. Next they moved in with their families and took over whole sections of Britain, never to leave. Another more older lesson is that of the "barbarian hordes" that swept down into Rome, eventually overrunning and conquering the mighty Roman Empire. History has afforded us many such lessons. Even the settlement of the United States can be considered in the same light: a population from another location moves in and takes over. This is the nature of all life on this planet, plant, animal, and human.

Believing that process of civilizing will trump nature, especially human nature, we have forgotten that humans, as well as lions and other life forms, want to be in charge of their locality and will work to their own advantage to overcome and put down the group already there.

It's not that we couldn't or didn't see this coming. The veneer of civilization will never trump human nature. That's why we established borders and armies of defense to guard those borders. Weaker, but more shrewd groups can and have come out the winners in past migrations.

The point is that we have forgotten the lessons of history. Now will it be possible to turn back the tides of migration that we have allowed to flow over our shores? The lessons of history suggest that this is an unlikely outcome.


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