Britain’s New PM Could Teach American Pols a Few Things about Immigration

Flags of the United Kingdom and the European Union DividedOn Wednesday, Theresa May will become Britain’s new prime minister. She will oversee the country’s exit from the European Union in accordance with last month’s decision by British voters. Among the key issues that propelled the Brexit vote was public concern about Britain’s inability to control immigration under the terms of EU membership.

Ms. May has been an outspoken critic of unchecked immigration. Notably, in expressing her concerns, she has managed to do what very few politicians on this side of the Atlantic can seem to master. She has asserted the need for immigration policy to serve the public interest, while avoiding inflammatory and divisive rhetoric.

In a speech May gave last October, she noted that there “is no case in the national interest for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade…Even if we could manage all the consequences of mass immigration, Britain does not need net migration in the hundreds of thousands every year.” In addition to reducing overall immigration, May asserted that “it’s right that we should try to attract the best talent in the world.”

May has also drawn a very important distinction between immigrants and immigration policy – a line that is too often blurred by advocates on both sides of the debate. “There are millions of people in poorer countries who would love to live in Britain, and there is a limit to the amount of immigration any country can and should take. While we must fulfill our moral duty to help people in desperate need, we must also have an immigration system that allows us to control who comes to our country,” she said.

May simultaneously acknowledges the aspirations of people who wish to improve their lives through migration, while making it clear that in a world of 7.5 billion people migration cannot be a viable option for even a small fraction of the world’s poor. Moreover, limiting immigration does not mean turning our backs on the rest of the world.

Let’s hope that as she takes up residency in 10 Downing, Prime Minister May provides a model to other Western leaders for dealing with immigration policy in a way that protects the public’s interest and upholds democratic values.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    I’m in love with this young woman already! God Bless her, and clone her and make her clones circulate around the Western world, knocking sense into everyone!

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    This article needs a reality check: In Africa, there is no ‘white privilege’ and the Congo is the rape capitol of the world. In Africa, where there is no ‘white privilege’, you see 1.1 billion people with millions starving to death and living in camps, about to hit 2.0 billion by 2050 and 4 billion people by the end of this century. In India, overpopulated beyond comprehension, there is no ‘white privilege’, but it faces horrific starvation levels and human degradation–yet it adds 16 million, net gain annually. China the same with adding 8 million, net gain, annually. If you look at stable and safe societies like Canada, Europe and Australia, and what is left of America, you see European Whites creating safe and reasoned societies. Not so much in Africa, China and India–and certainly not in the Muslim world where women face honor killings, FGM and arranged marriages as well as a life with no personal rights or choices. Africa heads toward a hellish future not driven by ‘white privilege’. What excuse will you give ‘black privilege’ at that point in time? Instead of condemning ‘white people’, perhaps a balanced appreciation. Africans, Chinese, Indians, Asians and all colors enjoy far greater lives than they lived in their countries. That’s why they flood into America. Frosty Wooldridge, 6 continent world bicycle traveler

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      but this article isn’t talking about Africa, or Sub-Saharan Africa (the Congo). There is nothing inflammatory about this article, I don’t see why you are arguing against it.

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    I am incredibly impressed with Ms. May’s intelligent approach to discussing and dealing with the issue of immigration. If between now and election day Trump took her more diplomatic approach in discussing and dealing with this issue in my opinion he would have a greater chance of winning the election.

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      No. If he (or anyone other than kil-liar-ee) says anything about leaving the EU, he’ll be dead in the water. It would serve him best to keep it under wraps until he has the position. You know the liberals would turn it ugly.

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    Yeah, too bad we have Hillary. In the first year of the Clinton presidency in 1993 this country had 257 million people. We now have 323 million, mostly due to immigration and their higher birth rates here. That’s the equivalent of adding the population of our two biggest states, California with 39 million people and Texas with 27 million, in 23 years. 66 million more people in that short a time is not a good thing and anyone who supports it is not an environmentalist.

    But all she does is pander for votes, in the case of immigration to Latinos. But she also has no problem, like our president, in stoking the racial fires. She does it every time she appears with Michael Brown’s mother, giving the impression he was a victim. He was a criminal, not a victim.

    She says whites have to listen to the “legitimate cries” of blacks. Ok. but nothing legitimate about Brown. He robbed and assaulted a store owner, and then, as even the Justice Dept. concluded, he attacked a cop and tried to take his gun. It’s a lie to continue to promote him as anything but responsible for his own demise. If there was a victim, it was a good cop who lost his job.

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      And a lot of people who want to reduce global warming emissions support Hillary and support current levels of immigration. How do they expect to reduce global warming emissions while simultaneously increasing the population of the US by such a massive amount through mass illegal/legal immigration? I cannot take anyone seriously who says they want to reduce global warming emissions while simultaneously supporting this kind of massive population growth.

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      Hillary is most likely going to win this election, so let’s start planning now how to stop the tide of Jihadists and 3rd world country illegal border-hoppers.