BILL O'REILLY: The vote in Great Britain to leave the European Union was not really about macroeconomics. It was largely an emotional decision based on what folks are seeing with their own eyes, that open borders and mass immigration have directly affected their lives and not for the better.
Entire cities have changed as millions of foreign-born people have poured into Britain, making full use of the public health and education systems, establishing vast neighborhoods that mostly reflect their origins, not traditional British culture.
Most of the immigrants are good people simply seeking better lives for their families, and liberals are correct in saying that it is compassionate to give suffering people a lifeline. But their numbers are so great that it's impossible for even wealthy nations to absorb the flow.
So many problems ensue from open borders that people are saying 'no more.' That is not racist or nationalistic or inhumane, it is an opinion based on social order. Once you get to Europe, you can move without hindrance and then receive entitlements paid for by workers of your new country.
The vote last week demonstrates that the majority in Great Britain believe their lives are worse under the EU umbrella. Fast shift to America, where the open-border issue is one of the big reasons that Donald Trump has prospered. He is by far the most aggressive politician in promoting border regulation and a slowdown in the entry of foreign-born individuals.
For this he has been demonized, branded a racist by the left. But millions of Americans don't see it that way and they are backing Trump because he is talking tough about a situation they believe is truly deplorable. That being said, Mr. Trump would be wise to stop identifying specific groups of people like Muslims and Mexicans because that kind of scapegoating dilutes the larger issue.
What is not widely known is that many in the Democratic Party and in the liberal press actually want open borders in the USA even though they won't come right out and say it. Which Democrat has called for strict border security, or ending Sanctuary cities, or even harshly punishing felonious illegal aliens who defy deportation? Has President Obama done that? Hillary Clinton? Bernie Sanders?
The truth is that Democrats believe they need the immigrant vote to achieve and retain power, so there is no motivation to stop illegal immigration and impose discipline in obeying the law.
Talking Points firmly believes that most Americans welcome foreign-born people who come here the legal way. Foreign-born Americans are generally hard workers and loyal to their new country. But the folks have had enough with lax border security, amnesty, and the failure of Congress to pass basic protections like Kate's Law.
The left believes it is noble to promote policies that are 'inclusive,', but while they are feeling good about themselves anarchy has taken root. Most Americans are fed up and, given the chance to vote like the British, that frustration would become apparent.
Come Election Day it may be 'the economy, stupid,' but a close second will be the government's responsibility to protect us from terrorism and chaos. We need to crack down on illegal immigration and those who undermine federal law. America needs a sane policy when it comes to admitting non-citizens. And we need strong leadership to deliver it.