There was a painful irony when France's immediate response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the borders. If they had closed the borders decades ago, they might have avoided this attack.
Someone once said that the First World War was the stupidest thing that European nations ever did. Countries on both sides of that war ended up worse off than before, whether they were on the winning side or the losing side.
History may yet record that an even greater stupidity, with even more catastrophic consequences in the long run, was the European nations' decision to import millions of people with a culture that was not merely very different from, but hostile to the culture, the values and the people of the Western world.
Even now, people who publicly warn of the dangers can be prosecuted in various European countries under "hate speech" laws.
And what about us? When, if ever, are we going to close our borders? When will we even take control of our borders so that we can decide who, and how many, will be admitted? Certainly not before a new president takes office in January 2017 — and maybe not even then.
Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for failing to take control of the borders. In all the years that have been spent talking back and forth about every conceivable immigration policy — and some that are inconceivable — we could have built the biggest fence of all time, backed up by electronics, boots on the ground and whatever else it takes.
Instead, many have been pursuing the will-o'-the-wisp called "comprehensive" immigration reform. In other words, we are supposed to do everything all at once, like ObamaCare. How well did that turn out?
There are very serious and complex questions to be confronted before immigration issues are laid to rest by new laws. But none of that stops us from taking control of the borders now.Read the rest of THOMAS SOWELL's op-ed HERE.
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