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Europe’s Open Borders Slam Shut

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What we are witnessing is the clash of the claims of human nature and of ideology. Through history, most men have put attachments of family, tribe, faith, country, race, and nation above the claims of liberal ideology. Closing borders is a grievous offense against liberalism, supposedly rooted in the sin of xenophobia. But what governments in Europe are saying by closing their borders, what Americans are saying by banning travel from Europe, is that while all men may be created equal, we will always put our own people first, ahead of the rest. When a crisis comes where the health and survival of our people is at stake, we take care of our own first.