Sometimes it is useful to look at how other countries, especially English-speaking ones, are handling immigration in order to gain perspective on immigration policy in the US. The UK does not, so far as I am aware, have an illegal immigration problem comparable with the one in the US. But like the US, the UK is going through demographic change at least in part due to immigration.
That, evidently is bothering some white folks in that country, just as much as it is bothering quite a few white folks in the US (and, to be fair, some African-Americans as well, including, if you judge by his actions, a man who is currently in the White House. In response to the growth of white anti-immigrant racism in the UK, that country's prime minister, David Cameron, has promised to reduce legal immigration in the UK to less than 100,000 per year by 2015.
is there any evidence that immigration is bad for the UK? Have immigrants caused that country's economic problems? Are they responsible, for example, for its abysmal infrastructure? There is little or no evidence of this. To the contrary, some of the best brains from all over the the world come to study at its famous universities.
Apparently, however, Mr. Cameron thinks that foreign students are a threat to the UK. They have been included in the 100,000 per annum cap. Moreover, the Home Office has put draconian controls over foreign students in place that go far beyond anything known in America.
According to a letter in the May 21 Financial Times, there are now strict controls monitoring the whereabouts of foreign students in the UK, and student visa holders are forbidden to leave the UK for more than 60 days at a time, which can make it hard for some to pursue their dissertations.
Why are foreign students attending Oxford, Cambridge and other world famous British universities such a danger to its society? Only because some white voters in the UK are "uncomfortable" with immigration. Shamelessly, the government is pandering to their racism. So are America's politicians in both parties. But is the fact that some voters may be "uncomfortable" with non-white immigration a good foundation for immigration policy on either side of the Atlantic?
Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years