WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 — Once upon a time, a United States of Europe sounded like a good idea. But lax immigration policies, a growing and unassimilated Muslim population and ISIS-inspired terror attacks undermined that fairy tale.
And the top-down, undemocratic actions by European Union elites only solidified in the minds of a majority of Britons that being absorbed into the polyglot of Europe would destroy centuries of hard-won liberty.
In Scotland for the opening of a golf resort that bears his name, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, “People want to take their country back. They want to have independence… You’re going to have many other cases where they [Europeans] want to take their borders back, they want to take their monetary [system] back… they want to be able to have a country again.”
Personal finance writer Robert Kiyosaki, co-author with Trump on several books, told the Fox Business channel, “I would say that the EU is in trouble, and so is the GOP. The royalty of [Gov. Mitt] Romney and [Sen. John] McCain and [GOP House Speaker Paul] Ryan – they better pay attention to what’s happening. The same for Hillary [Clinton]. I think this [Brexit] is more a referendum on the political elite than anything else right now.”
Back in Britain, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron appeared shaken during remarks made at 10 Downing Street:
“I held nothing back, I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union and I made it clear that referendum was about this and this alone – not the future of any single politician, including myself.
“But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path, and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction… in my view we should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative Party conference in October.”
In its lead editorial after the Brexit vote, the Daily Telegraph said:
“The country has finally had an open, honest conversation about sovereignty, national identity, our relationship with the rest of the world and, of course, immigration.
“The focus on the latter has left some in the Remain camp fearing that xenophobia has been legitimized. But Thursday’s ONS [Office for National Statistics] report showing that the population grew by half a million from 2014 to 2015 proves that it is a necessary debate. Britain is changing. We need to find ways of managing that change – and the Government has to listen to the genuine concerns of those affected.”
Back in the U.S., a split decision by the Supreme Court left the constitutional question of President Obama’s unilateral executive action forestalling the deportation of five million illegal immigrants to a previous ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
That ruling stayed the president’s hand.
The Democratic Party would have you believe this November’s election is about a higher minimum wage, transgender bathrooms, abortion, more stringent gun control and equal pay for women.
It is none of the above.
It’s about the way U.S. immigration policy (legal and illegal) – as devised by the governing elites in both political parties – increases crime, encourages lone-wolf Islamic terrorist atrocities, costs American jobs, depletes our social safety net and is changing the nation’s electoral map.
This presidential election is about immigration.
But you can call it Mexit.