In Fact, Neither France Nor The U.S. Belong To Illegal Aliens

It appears that illegal aliens in France (known as “les sans-papiers,” which translates to “the ones without papers”) have begun imitating the tactics used by illegal aliens in the United States.

A few days ago, roughly 500 sans-papiers invaded Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport to protest France’s immigration policies. According to the New York Post, “The migrants reportedly refused to let passengers board [outgoing flights]until their demands were met….” They also insisted that Air France immediately cease, “any financial, material, logistical or political participation in deportations.”

That’s become pretty standard stuff in immigration protests. However, it was the demonstrators’ slogans that should give pause to the citizens of the developed West, whose countries are being overrun. As they were surrounded by riot police, the sans-papiers chanted, “France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!”

That’s a shocking claim. At present, the world is organized around a system of independent nations described as “sovereign.” Sovereignty, is the notion that people may form political bonds and govern themselves any way they choose. It acknowledges that there is a philosophical wall around nations. Within that border, the nation-state is the highest political and legal authority. And no single nation has the authority to dictate how another conducts its internal affairs.  As such, France does, in fact, belong to the French, just as the United States belongs to Americans.

As an element of sovereignty, nations have the unfettered right to determine who may enter their territory. The Supreme Court of the United States summarized this very neatly in Ekiu v. United States saying, “It is an accepted maxim of international law that every sovereign nation has the power, as inherent in sovereignty, and essential to self-preservation, to forbid the entrance of foreigners within its dominions, or to admit them only in such cases and upon such conditions as it may see fit to prescribe.”

In plain English, that means any time outside forces are permitted to dictate who a particular nation must allow within its borders, that nation is no longer in control of its own political destiny. And it must always be wary of its sovereignty being slowly eroded by uncontrolled mass migration – and the political shifts that inevitably accompany rapid demographic change.

Europe’s “Syrian Refugee” crisis and America’s southern border crisis continue to drag on. Therefore both France and the U.S. should be asking themselves just how long they are willing to tolerate foreign trespassers who feel entitled to make unreasonable demands and dictate how immigration laws should be enforced. A failure to answer that question may very well lead to a loss of meaningful sovereignty and the dissolution of both France and the United States as we currently know them.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


  1. avatar

    “… a loss of meaningful sovereignty and the dissolution of both France and the United States as we currently know them.”

    That’s the whole point of globalism, isn’t it?

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    Joan B asson on

    I understand that some immigrants are saying, “I know my rights. I have as much right to be here as anyone else.” They probably have been told that before coming. It’s a disaster, and Democaratz are doing NOTHING.

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      Unfortunately, these foreign invaders have very entitled and demanding attitudes, very different from our early America immigrants. Also, unfortunately, the majority of the million plus legal immigrants we invite into our country every year are much the same. BUT the really sad thing is that all these foreigners, legal or illegal, refugee/asylee or TPS, actually are given by our congress/government most of the rights of USA citizens without any of the requirements and without deserving any of them. We have illegal alien and fake, lying asylees with unscruplous lawyers suing the USA all the time to prevent deportation, for THEIR “rights”. This is one of the main reasons I have lost all compassion for ANY of these people and view them all as invaders, enemies of my country; why I highly resent my own congress/government for bringing these people here against our wishes and FORCING we taxpayers to pay their way forever. As far as I am concerned our own congresses have turned into the equivalent of a dictatorship, doing whatever they want. It has been decades since congress has actually acted in the best interests of this nation and we ordinary citizens, but they have been doing a damn good job of acting in the interests of foreign nations and foreign people. Right now, instead of doing something about our border crisis, they are pushing to give AMMESTY to millions of illegal aliens and ALL foreigners here under TPS and they want to allow Venezuelans to move here under the TPS program, which means forever. The USA congress no longer represents the USA in any way.

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    Overrun American on

    Somehow, Americans, French, and other Westerners became the only nations not entitled to self-determination.

    I guess, like many other human rights, this one goes only in one direction but not in another.

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      But it is our own fault because we are ALLOWING this invasion and take-over of our country. We are doing nothing to stop these people entering our country and doing nothing to get them out of our country.

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  5. avatar

    its Simple

    The Open Border Party Has Flat Given Up on America.

    Even OBP Senator Flake thinks America belongs to the world now, we lost most all our manufacturing capability and need 5-10 years to reset it know.

  6. avatar
    LaNell Barrett on

    Let them overbreed in their own borders. Not invade our or, in this case, those of France. Deport…deport…deport. No assylum. No chain migration. No birthright citizenship. Go back to countries of origin.

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    LaNell Barrett on

    That’s why we need The Wall. Let them overbreed in their own borders. Not invade our or, in this case, those of France. Deport…deport…deport. No assylum. No chain migration. No birthright citizenship. Go back to countries of origin.

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    “I wouldn’t use the detention system at all. They don’t need to be incarcerated. If they’re given a lawyer and given a process they will follow it. They can go into the community.”

    So said presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D-NY on Face The Nation this Sunday, discussing how she would treat every person who showed up at the border and claimed asylum. This is nothing more than open borders, the never ending con job to achieve that goal without actually saying it.

    First of all, her policy would stop whatever little checking is able to be done now on the backgrounds of those crossing. An open door for criminals and terrorists. “I wouldn’t use the detention system AT ALL.” Whatever tenuous control we have on the border would be nonexistent. The news would be all over the Central American countries in a minute. Just show up at the border, claim asylum, and you’re given a lawyer at our expense and you’re in with a court date years in the future.

    Second, she’s outright lying about “they will follow it”. They don’t show up half the time now for their court dates and her policies would make that much worse. The numbers taking advantage of this, and each person having a lawyer, would collapse the system. And no doubt she would do nothing if they don’t show up. Like the Obama administration, which by the end of his second term refused to deport anyone who had not committed a major felony. One might consider her proposals as radical, but it seems to be the consensus view of the Democrats. Has Pelosi or Schumer expressed anything that would indicate they would have a problem with what she’s saying?