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I think that's sorta an oversimplification. We are now watching Brexit unfold which is as much about the influx of Eastern Europeans into England as anything else. Yes, I know they are only "Eastern" Europeans, not the real thing, but it doesn't touch on the Anglo-Saxons crossing the North Sea from Germany to push out the Welsh, Picts and Scots, or the Danes and Swedes pushing them around (not to mention their cousins from Normandy. Of course, speaking of France, Dunkirk is in Flanders where they are supposed to speak Flemish which sort of counter balances that the relatively new rebirth of P{oland now includes Prusia - the center of Germany.

This sort of thing has been going on since men first left Africa. Syracuse, the center of Greek mathematics during the time of Archimedes is in Sicily (accounting for why various Mediterranean flat breads are called pita, pidde, pizza). Speaking of the Greeks, they invaded Asia Minor, where the Romans established the Eastern Empire with Constantine elevating a small sect to prominence so he could confiscate the wealth of the existing polytheistic religion. That "Greek" empire fell in 1453 to the Turks (who were pushed westward by the Mongols.

And it goes on and on stretching back a couple of hundred thousand years. Everyone resents foreigners moving into their land, but the texture of human history is described by the mobility of our species. Interestingly, humans turn out to be, well human. Once you get past the fact that someone's background may be different than the one you grew up in, in the same way as all of our DNA in greater than 98% identical, people from other countries are pretty much all the same.

I've never taken a pole, but I suspect that my closest hundred neighbors come from more than twenty countries - and the majority are recent immigrants. As far as I'm concerned, this means that I can find a larger variety of restaurant, food in the local markets and topics of conversation than I otherwise would. Do I resent them? Of course not - why would I. If my taxes become unbearable because of an increased incremental expense, I would simply move elsewhere.

I figure, I grew up in an environment where I was exposed to foreigners from all sorts of (as you call them) third world countries, and competed with them in an environment which brought us together, rather than creating enmity. I can honestly say that my life would be far less interesting if everyone was like me, only dumber than it is where most I know are very different and many my intellectually leave me in the dust.

Building a wall (physical or metaphorical) not only keeps others out, but keep information out as well. Bearing in mind that the vast majority of the founders of our IT industry are first or second generation Americans - many from the "third world", we would be a far lesser (rather than aspiring to be great "again") country if they had been excluded.

It has been a long time since Europe had that advantage. Check back with them in a generation and see if in those countries who allow freedom of advancement, a similar phenomenon takes place.

Jeff
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