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Swiss immigration referendum rightly says no to open borders

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The famously independent Swiss sent their European neighbors a loud and clear message recently: We get to decide who lives here.

Going against the “borderless” labor market concept advocated by the European Union, a majority of Switzerland voters approved a referendum to curb immigration levels and require that Swiss nationals be given priority in hiring.

Like most of Western Europe, Switzerland has seen massive levels of immigration in recent years. Today, one in four Swiss residents is foreign-born.

The 28-member EU, of which Switzerland is not a member, has tried to integrate the bloc by easing restrictions and allowing people to live, work and study – and draw welfare benefits – in any member country. The vote signals Europe’s mass migration may be coming to an end.

Backers of the Swiss referendum said excessive migration has led to poor wage growth, higher rents and overtaxed health and education systems. Nationalist parties in other European nations say unchecked immigration has had a similar effect on their countries.

More prosperous nations are worried their welfare systems cannot handle an influx of workers from the poorer Eastern European countries and some southern member EU states.

In Germany, home to Europe’s largest economy, the government has appointed a committee to look into ways of curbing “benefits tourism,” the practice of migrating to the country for the sole purpose of tapping its generous social benefits.

Polls throughout Europe show rising support for immigration curbs, and nationalist parties pushing immigration reform have grown in prominence.

“It is becoming more and more obvious to people across Europe that unfettered free movement from the poorest countries on the continent into the more advanced ones with higher living standards and welfare entitlements is unsustainable,” Britain’s U.K. Independence Party said in a statement after the Swiss vote.

“What the Swiss can do, we can do too: cut immigration and leave the EU,” Geert Wilders, head of the Dutch Freedom Party, posted on Twitter.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front, also hailed the Swiss vote in an interview on Europe 1 radio, saying: “The country is our house. We the people have the right to decide who comes in.”

This vote is as much about preserving Swiss culture as it is protecting its economy. That’s not xenophobia. It’s preservation.

This world is speckled with a human mosaic of ethnicities and nationalities that is beautiful, fascinating and fun. Those differences should be celebrated, not erased.

Ironically, multiculturalism could lead to “monoculturalism.”

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seenitB4 02/17/14 - 09:19 am
Well hello

"Backers of the Swiss referendum said excessive migration has led to poor wage growth, higher rents and overtaxed health and education systems. Nationalist parties in other European nations say unchecked immigration has had a similar effect on their countries."

Welcome to common sense thinking!!

deestafford 02/17/14 - 10:59 am
For awhile now...

For awhile now there has been this leftist propaganda that all cultures are equal and none are better than any others. This claptrap has been part of the educational mantra for decades and has resulted in a couple of generations of children growing up thinking that and in many cases thinking America is a bad country. If one looks at the history books used in many, many of the high schools and colleges one would see they are using a book by Howard Zinn that focuses on only those negative parts of American history and none of the things which made it great.

The Left is out to destroy Western Civilization and lack or nonexistent immigration policies are one of the keys to its destruction. Will Western Civilization be the first in history to combine tolerance and diversity with birth control and abortion to assure its descent into oblivion? We see it happening now in Europe. England and many other European countries may very well be Muslim within two decades by birth rates and immigration alone.

When/where does immigration cease and invasion begin? I think the time is now and it is happening in many Western countries to include the US. Massive immigration/invasion of the unskilled, uneducated, central-government-loving hordes from the Third World do nothing to advance the culture or standard of living of the host countries.

If one looks at Canada as an example as to what a country that has control over its borders is one will see a country that is running a budget surplus and booming economically. Whereas, we have no control over our immigration/invasion and this lack of control is costing us hundreds of billion a year that could be going into building a booming economy.

The Democrats are saying we have created an "underclass" with our immigration policies. They are right but for the wrong reasons---The "underclass" has been created by the Democratic policies that further amnesty and support sanctuary cities. When they blame our immigration laws as the cause of the breakup of families is akin to blaming the money in the bank for the crimes of the thief.

Our country should welcome only those who share our values and accept our culture and are willing to assimilate, but if the inflow of immigrants is so large and so fast as to water down our values...we have lost who we are. We will have lost our identity and our culture.

seenitB4 02/17/14 - 11:22 am
The danger we face

When/where does immigration cease and invasion begin?

Exactly dee.

Bodhisattva 02/17/14 - 12:58 pm
Read real history which the right wing denies and you'll know

Brothers: My people wish for peace; the red men all wish for peace; but where the white people are, there is no peace for them, except it be on the bosom of our mother. Where today are the Pequot? Where today are the Narrangansett, the Mohican, the Pakanoket, and many other once powerful tribes of our people? They have vanished before the avarice and the oppression of the White Man, as snow before a summer sun." — Tecumseh Shawnee

I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heapen and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young.And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people dream died there. It was a beautiful dream. . . the nations hoop is broken and scattered. There is no center any longer, and the sacred tree is dead.
-Black Elk, Lakota

"You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight into our hearts. Speak Americans.. I will not lie to you; do not lie to me."
Cochise, (Hardwood) Chiracahua Apache

"We did not ask you white men to come here. The Great Spirit gave us this country as a home. You had yours. We did not interfere with you. The Great Spirit gave us plenty of land to live on, and buffalo, deer, antelope and other game. But you have come here; you are taking my land from me; you are killing off our game, so it is hard for us to live. Now, you tell us to work for a living, but the Great Spirit did not make us to work, but to live by hunting. You white men can work if you want to. We do not interfere with you, and again you say why do you not become civilized? We do not want your civilization! We would live as our fathers did, and their fathers before them." . . . .
Crazy Horse Tashunca-uitco

"Suppose a white man should come to me and say, Joseph, I like your horses. I want to buy them. I say to him, No, my horses suit me; I will not sell them. Then he goes to my neighbor and says, Pay me money, and I will sell you Joseph's horses. The white man returns to me and says, Joseph, I have bought your horses and you must let me have them. If we sold our lands to the government, this is the way they bought them."
Chief Joseph

"We have been south and suffered a great deal down there. Many have died of diseases which we have no name for. Our hearts looked and longed for this country where we were born. There are only a few of us left, and we only wanted a little ground, where we could live. We left our lodges standing, and ran away into the night. The troops followed us. I rode out and told the troops that we did not want to fight; we only wanted to go north, and if they left us alone we would kill no one. The only reply we got was a volley. After that we had to fight our way, but we killed none that did not fire at us first. My brother, Dull Knife, took one half of the band and surrendered near Fort Robinson….They gave up their guns, and the whites killed them all."
Ohcumgache (Little Wolf) of the Northern Cheyennes

"The white man, who possesses this whole vast country from sea to sea, who roams over it at pleasure and lives where he likes, cannot know the cramp we feel in this little spot, with the underlying remembrance of the fact, which you know as well as we, that every foot of what you proudly call America not very long ago belonged to the red man. The Great Spirit gave it to us. There was room for all His many tribes, and all were happy in their freedom."
Washakie - Shoshone

jimmymac 02/17/14 - 01:10 pm

The Swiss don't have Obama for a leader. Enough said!

allhans 02/17/14 - 02:02 pm
We can't go back in time and

We can't go back in time and change what our ancestors did. We can though, go forward and do everything possible to prevent others from doing the same to us by taking what we laid claim to many years ago.

Riverman1 02/17/14 - 02:48 pm
America and The Indians

There’s not a nation on earth where more technically advanced civilizations didn’t subjugate less advanced native tribal peoples.

corgimom 02/17/14 - 06:49 pm
"Will Western Civilization be

"Will Western Civilization be the first in history to combine tolerance and diversity with birth control and abortion to assure its descent into oblivion? "

When this country was founded, there was no laws against abortion, nor were there any laws against birth control.

Abortion was legal in all states, the first abortion law in the nation was passed in New York in 1828.

The anti-abortionists don't like that fact, but it's true.

dahreese 02/17/14 - 07:49 pm
"America and The

"America and The Indians

"There’s not a nation on earth where more technically advanced civilizations didn’t subjugate less advanced native tribal peoples."

Not surprised that you justify yourself like that.

It wasn't right that the more modern society of Germany take over the property of the Jews and kill them in the process, but it's ok if the more modern society of Jews take over the property of the Palestinians and kill them in the process, right?

There's no hypocrisy in you, is there?

corgimom 02/17/14 - 09:18 pm
Bod, nobody denies it, who on

Bod, nobody denies it, who on Earth are you talking about that denies it?

justthefacts 02/17/14 - 10:34 pm
Bull hockey

"There was room for all His many tribes, and all were happy in their freedom." American Indians woke up every day trying to figure out to defeat the Indians on the next plain. They were at constant war with each other.

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