Membership in the European Union makes that difficult because the Union offers free movement of people across the borders of member countries.
Robert Reich shared on Facebook:
'On Thursday, Brits will be deciding whether to remain in the European Union. If they leave, that may begin to unravel the great post-World War II experiment in European integration. It could also mean the unraveling of Britain, as the Scots and even the Northern Irish leave Britain in order to remain in the European Union.
This isn’t about economics, although that’s the way a lot of 'Brexit' supporters want to paint it. It’s about the same poisonous brew of nationalism and racism that’s infected American politics. Many in England want to keep out Muslims. Membership in the European Union makes that difficult because the Union offers free movement of people across the borders of member countries. So they’re willing to sacrifice the economic and political benefits of the European Union in order do a British version of Trump.
Connect the dots: (1) The conflagration of the Middle East that arguably commenced with George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq has caused a cataclysm of death and destruction there. (2) This has in turn led to mass migrations. (3) These migrations have fueled xenophobes and racists in Europe and America. (4) The anti-Muslim politics of these xenophobes and racists is playing into the hands of the small percentage of radical, violent Muslims who want to convince the vast majority of moderate Muslims that the West is against them.'
In his turn, Donald Trump said: 'We have no choice' to explain everything from why America must institute a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, to why we must build a wall on the border with Mexico.
According to Robert Reich, 'Trump may think we have no choice, but we do. Republican leaders can dump him. And the rest of us can repudiate him: We can make his brand worthless by boycotting anything associated with it. And we can make sure he's not our next president.'