Immigration Foes Get Europe`s Attention

Pim Fortuyn, the late leader of the
opposition to mass immigration in the Netherlands, is
dead from an assassin`s bullets, but his soul has
suddenly started marching through Europe`s corridors of

All over the continent, after
anti-immigration and anti-establishment political
parties performed well in elections last month, actual
governments, never noted for wanting to limit
immigration at all, are slamming doors and sending
unwanted aliens home.

The most notable reversal comes in
Great Britain, where Tony Blair, who loudly brayed

of French anti-immigration leader
Jean Marie Le Pen 
this spring, is quietly
considering the use of massive military force to reduce
immigration into his own country.

As a document prepared by the Home
Office for the prime minister and promptly leaked to the

newspaper says, in order to reduce the
number of immigrants coming to Britain, monitor those
already there and rid the country of those denied
refugee status. And, "the full resources of the Royal Navy
and the RAF [Royal Air Force] may be deployed alongside
immigration officers and the police," the Washington


Mr. Blair, who has always been
militantly pro-immigration, couldn`t possibly be
influenced by politics, could he? The fact is that not
only did Mr. Le Pen smash apart the
socialist-conservative coalition that governed France
last April, but Mr. Fortuyn`s party,

even after
his murder, won some

26 seats
in the Dutch legislature. More to the point
for Mr. Blair, the British National Party, a
small party of the far right that is strongly
anti-immigration, for the first time won three local
council seats. That, to coin a phrase, has rather set
the cat amongst the Labor (and indeed Tory) pigeons in

Mr. Blair`s government

the leaked document is merely "an options
paper" and not settled policy, but the fact that the
left-wing Laborites are actually considering such
"options" as drastically reducing immigration and using
the armed forces to do it is almost revolutionary. Nor
are they the only government to do so.

In Denmark, which, as the London
Daily Telegraph
reports, "prided itself as an
immigrants` haven … [the government]

its liberal asylum policies in favour of a
law designed to prevent all but a few foreigners from
settling there." What is called the "new policy for
foreigners" was worked out between the ruling
establishment conservative party and the rebel

Danish People`s Party

And in the higher circles of power
in the European Union, the grand munchkins and poobahs
themselves are starting to sweat. "All over Europe," one
EU official

to the Washington Times, "there is a
danger that populist movements in European countries
will exploit the enlargement [of the Union] as an
attractive target to attack European integration in
coming elections."

As citizens of prospective EU
member-states see European jobs going to cheaper
non-European immigrant labor, they may decide that "integration"
is not such a utopia after all. 

Sept. 11 may have frightened many
Europeans into pulling back the
welcome mat for immigrants they`ve laid out in
recent years, but it`s the grassroots political forces
that are really pushing the change. Anti-immigration
populism continues to swell
all over the continent—in Great Britain,
France, the Netherlands and Denmark, as well as
Switzerland, Austria, Italy and the Scandinavian

What is happening in Europe is,
quite simply, a radical redrawing of the political map,
a realignment of political forces.

On one side stand the old,
exhausted parties of "left" and "right," representing
virtually no one save special interests in bureaucracies
and corporations and pushing "European integration" and
massive immigration that destroys Europe itself.

On the other side are the new
parties that often combine elements of the left and
right and stand brazenly for the rights, independence
and security of their own nations and peoples.

"Socially I am to the left," Mr. Le

during the recent campaign. "Economically I am
to the right. Nationally, more than ever, I am for

Mr. Fortuyn, an open homosexual and
a former Marxist intellectual, made similar remarks in

interview with Newsweek
shortly before his death—"In
my program there are elements of left or right," and to
the question, "Where does your political support come
from," he replied, "Everywhere. Upper class, middle
class, lower class. People want change and they are not
getting it from the political establishment. They love
their country and they don`t want to lose it."

What`s happening in
European politics shows what

grassroots activism can accomplish
, and American
critics of mass immigration need to study it closely.

The "options" for immigration
control the Eurocrats are considering may only undercut
their populist rivals, but if some of them are really
adopted, they might still preserve the real Europe from
the Third World flood that threatens it.


June 06, 2002