In 2007, when the late senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain, congressional leaders of the bipartisan consensus on open borders, tried to jam an immigration amnesty down the country’s throat, “Middle America rose up and body-slammed the national establishment” as Pat Buchanan memorably put it. Having contacted all three of my national legislators in the uprising, I recall reassuringly thinking “while the elites control the commanding heights of the culture and our politics, we have the numbers. Quantity has a quality of its own, so as long as we remain vigilant, we can stop the sellout.”
That was true then. It’s not so much anymore:
A decade ago, immigration restriction was a majority position in the US. It no longer even commands a plurality. If the Great Awokening doesn’t burn itself out in the next couple of years, increasing immigration will be more popular than decreasing it a mere twenty years after decreasing immigration had more than five times the support that increasing it did.
The US had a great run.
GSS variables used: YEAR, LETIN1A(1-2)(3)(4-5)