EVEN THE LEFT STARTS TO REALISE WHAT THE RIGHT KNEW ALL ALONG

Hours before the news of Mr. Trump’s comments broke on Thursday, the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, spoke about the need for more “safe, orderly and regular” migration.

He implored nations to “use facts, not prejudice” to address the challenges of migration.

“Globally, migration remains poorly managed,” he acknowledged. “The impact can be seen in the humanitarian crises affecting people on the move, and in the human rights violations suffered by those living in slavery or enduring degrading working conditions. It can be seen, too, in the political impact of public perception that wrongly sees migration as out of control. The consequences include increased mistrust and policies aimed more at stopping than facilitating human movement.”

You cannot have a successful immigration program if it does not enjoy general public support. It won’t enjoy general public support if it’s seen as chaotic and not in the national interest. Prime Minister John Howard, bless him, understood that Australians will tolerate high levels of immigration if it is orderly (which, amongst other things, means not illegal) and prioritises those migrants possessing skills and qualities that will make them of benefit to the Australian economy and society. This goes for every other country. The tragedy that the open borders advocates created over the past couple of decades is that their extremism helped delegitimize all immigration in general amongst large segments of the society.

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