It's not often that Poe and I agree, but on immigration I think he's got a point. Just when did it become the inalienable right of anybody who feels like it to immigrate to America, or anywhere, come to that. The right of any nation to decide who gets to be a citizen and who doesn't is a fundamental aspect of national sovereignty and self determination. There may be arguments to be made in favor of mass immigration - though I can't for the life of me think of any I'd agree with - but acting like the US (or Canada or Britain or Germany or whomever) are violating anybody's rights or failing to live up to some preset moral obligation by limiting immigration is a smokescreen. Why do we owe citizenship to anyone from anywhere who happens to want it? Now if we choose to give it to them, that's fine, but it's ultimately our - and I mean the officials we elect to enact these kinds of policies - choice to make.
It's become a common regressive left tactic to shout "racism" at anyone who opposes mass immigration or Islamic immigration. This baffles me. Has white male guilt really sunk its talons so deep into the leftist psyche that they refuse to see why these are terrible immigration policies, from a leftist standpoint? Mass immigration depresses wages, increases living costs and strains public services and infrastructure. Why would progressive people want this? Migrants have a long history of being used as scab labor - and the kind of social solidarity that's a necessary foundation for a generous welfare state and a class conscious working class is exponentially harder to achieve in more heterogeneous societies. And don't get me started on the left and Islamism. Just don't. The status of women, LGBT people, religious minorities and so on under Shari'a law pretty much speaks for itself. It shouldn't take Sam Harris to tell you why allowing it in the west is a bad idea. This just comes across to me as increasing the minority population for the sake of increasing the minority population. Why?
Sure, migrant communities have been fairly stable electoral blocs for socialist parties in Europe, but is it worth selling their souls for?