Friday’s executive order issuing a temporary ban on refugees and some other immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries has sparked outrage among Democrats, liberals and the mainstream media. At least one of the countries affected, Iran, has issued a similar restriction on American travelers to that country.
With all the uproar in the United States, it is easy to get caught up in what is happening here and forget to look at the broader picture internationally. What are other countries, particularly our allies, saying about Trump’s swift action on immigration?
On Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” European Parliament member and former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage asserted that the European Union is “terrified” of what Trump may do as president. Farage has been a supporter of Trump and his temporary travel ban from seven Muslim majority nations.
Farage argued in a speech before the European Parliament that “some of his fellow parliamentarians are using that issue as a wedge because of Trump’s position on the EU itself.” Trump has argued that many issues, such as trade negotiations, are best suited to be negotiated between individual states and not larger political bodies.
“The real reason is this new American administration does not respect supernational organizations like the EU,” Farage said. “They believe in nation-states.” Trump has argued that it would be beneficial for America’s trade policy to conduct “bilateral trade deals with individual countries.” Farage asserts that EU politicians are not happy with the idea of “bypassing the bureaucrats.”
Farage also argued that many Europeans are “in denial” about Trump’s views on immigration. That denial, he argued, is based largely on their own views such as EU leader Jean Claude Juncker and Angela Merkel of Germany “who have previously supported welcoming thousands from troubled areas in the Middle East.”
Farage said the recent protests by Democrats and other liberal groups “reminds him of Labour leaders in Britain who ‘refused to accept’ the Brexit vote.”
Perhaps Farage is correct. In both the United States and in Britain, seasoned and powerful politicians were blindsided by votes that they never thought could occur and have simply refused to accept. But like Brexit, Trump’s administration will continue. It’s time for acceptance of that fact and for everyone to work together to move the country forward.
Source: Fox News