The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media:
“Since his ouster from the White House a year ago Steve Bannon has been barnstorming across Europe meeting with figures like the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, Nigel Farage; the French Rassemblement National head, Marine Le Pen; and the far-right Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban. Last month Mr. Bannon announced plans to establish a foundation to support right-wing populist movements on the continent.
“Mr. Bannon isn’t driving Europe’s ever-growing xenophobia. But his ability to plant roots there and the potential that he and others see in tying together country-level anti-immigrant sentiment into a continentwide movement are both alarming and, for those of us in the United States, a reality check.
“Despite the rise of Donald Trump, views around immigration in the United States seem to favor the left. . . . [A 2018 Pew survey found] 2018. In June, only 24 percent said the amount of legal immigration into the United States should be decreased. The situation is different in much of Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration, 48 percent of Europeans believe that migration should be reduced. . . .
“There are several factors at work here, but one is clearly the continued relevance of the civil rights movement and anti-racist struggles, which won a more diverse and inclusive America. That’s no excuse for complacency or discontent about how far that progress has gone. . . .
“If Democrats don’t build an economic message for the working class, black and brown voters won’t turn out for elections, and enough white ones who do might drift toward the siren call of right-wing populism. And then the Steve Bannons of the world won’t have to look to Europe to fulfill their political dreams.” – Fighting Bannonism at Home and Abroad, The New York Times, Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara, 8/7/18 [Link]
Fact Check of Quote: This article uses the manipulative language so commonly employed by immigration enthusiasts. Thus it is “xenophobia” and “far right” for the people of a country to preserve their historic make-up, character, and culture by democratic means. That is sensible, mainstream, and moderate. The true extremism is the totalitarian effort of the European Union and its lackies to submerge the identities of European countries with mass immigration.
The Pew survey did show that a minority of Americans want legal immigration cut, but a Harvard-Harris poll at the beginning of the year found quite the opposite. Its finding was that 81 percent of Americans wanted legal immigration, now at more than a million a year, to go down to one million or less per year. Perhaps the reason for the difference is that respondents of the latter poll were given specific figures to express their preferences.
The authors linkage of mass immigration is to the Civil Rights movement is most ironic. That movement stressed the importance of American citizenship, affirming that Americans as citizens should have equal rights. Supporters of mass illegal immigration don’t seem to care about citizenship at all, and make little distinction between citizens and illegal aliens. Another goal of the civil rights movement was improving the economic status of minority citizens. Mass legal immigration works directly against that goal by competing with them for jobs and social welfare benefits.
If the Democrats really cared about poor and working minority citizens, cutting legal and illegal immigration is exactly what they would do. But will the Democrats endorse this economic message? Not likely. Their current policy works to keep minority citizens poor and alienated. That bad for them, but good for Democrat politicians who want a reliable voting bloc.
A prominent Democratic strategist has openly endorsed the strategy of mass immigration as a means for his party to seize and maintain power. Many Republicans don’t seem to care, as they push mass immigration to secure cheap labor for unscrupulous business interests.