(Washington Times) The Trump administration’s once-lonely opposition to an ambitious U.N. pact on the treatment of migrants worldwide is picking up allies, as the Czech Republic on Wednesday became the latest European country to reverse course and say it will not join the compact.
The move appeared to give President Trump fresh reinforcements in a raging global debate between pro-immigration globalists and those who argue for greater national sovereignty and local control of borders. The debate was highlighted by a recent clash between Mr. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron over the American president’s embrace of the label “nationalist.”
The debate has been particularly fierce in Europe, where smaller central and Eastern European nations have resisted pressure from European Union officials in Brussels to be more liberal in allowing in refugees fleeing Syria, Libya and other global trouble spots. Many fear their political and cultural traditions and identities will be swamped if they cede control of their immigration policies, and immigration-skeptic parties have made electoral gains in countries such as Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy and Spain.
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