Victor Davis Hanson
Are violent immigrants who sparked a crime wave in Sweden, or the riotous in France, or those furious in Florida that Ron DeSantis dared to enforce immigration laws on the books, so aggressive because their hosts were expected to be so passive?
They now fear that a DeSantis is a dangerous man and for two reasons: one, he is acting lawfully, they are acting unlawfully. Two, he has no desire to move to Mexico, they are in Florida by choice. And additionally, they fear and know privately that illegal immigration is an absurdity, a construct that is unsustainable and will either end or end the country.
Ultimately, there is no nation anywhere without borders. And those who enforce them are on the side of civilization; those who violate them in Goth- or Vandal-like fashion are precivilizational.
Illegal aliens are thusly named, because they are illegally in the United States, and they are aliens and not U.S. citizens. Behind all the blusters, the victimization, the demands upon the host, beyond all the cover they demand and expect from the Left, academia, the media, the Chamber of Commerce, and the bureaucracies, illegal aliens know they are on the wrong side of the law and the majority opinion of their hosts. And they know that their own country would never allow to happen to their homeland what they are doing to another’s. (Indeed, if today’s illegal aliens from Mexico were to return home, they would oppose any impoverished Guatemalans crashing their sacred borders to head to Mexico City for expected entitlements.)
Those here without legal permission sense they are so far exempt because they can pose as victims when they know they are no such things, but rather are tragic implements of the identity-politics Left. The latter needs constituents and future voters given the unpopularity of its current bankrupt agendas.
Ditto the corporate business Right that wants cheap labor on the premise that too many million American gang-bangers, youthful criminals, and flabby and idle video-pampered and addicted youth will never hammer shingles or make beds or cook hamburgers when they can be subsidized by the government or their indulgent families.
A final thought on the violence of the immigrant in Europe.
He knows or suspects that at some point he is going to prod even the somnolent Frenchman or the comatose Swede too much. Europe will eventually awaken and conclude that further appeasement is civilizational suicide. Yes, even the European will not commit death by his own hand. And if he were to put on a plane tomorrow all the felons who are rioting in France, most Frenchmen, most Westerners, and indeed most in the world, would likely shrug, “Hail to that.”
Such is the absurdity of the anti-European immigrant, risking death to enter Europe illegally, arriving with the claims against his host, and trashing the country he must at all costs stay in while romanticizing the culture and civilization he so willfully abandoned.
All that is not a sustainable proposition—and the world, not just the blinkered Westerner knows it. And when the Westerner knows that all know that he is being made a fool, beware of his temper.