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Many Americans think that President Donald Trump is an anti-immigrant racist. Disparaging remarks he made during his campaign announcementset the tone for most subsequent criticism.

When Trump says he wants to stop uncontrolled immigration, many find it objectionable because the aliens who are adversely affected are predominantly nonwhite.

But uncontrolled immigration is a very real problem. The U.S. Border patrol apprehended 851,508 aliens making illegal entries in fiscal 2019. No one knows how many succeeded in entering illegally without being apprehended.

Would critics feel the same if the adversely affected were predominantly white?

That very situation was created in the United Kingdom (UK) when Boris Johnson became the prime minister. One of his campaign promises was to crack down on migration to insure that it is controlled and checked.

Johnson is concerned about the fact that the UK has seen a large number of people coming in from the whole of the European Union (EU) who treat the UK as though it's part of their own country — and there has been no control over their admissions.

The EU freedom of movement treaty made it possible for these people to come without restriction or significant scrutiny. It permits EU citizens and their family members to move and reside freely in any country within the EU.

According to Oxford University’s Migration Observatory, people born outside the UK made up approximately 14 percent of the UK’s population in 2018, and 39 percent of them came from EU countries.

Britain leaving the EU (Brexit)

In June 2016, the UK held a public referendum on whether it should leave the EU, and 51.9 percent of the voting citizens voted in favor of leaving.

One of the reasons for leaving the EU is to make it possible for the UK to take back control of its borders, which it can’t do so long as it is subject to the freedom of movement treaty.

Accordingly, the UK Government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union and declared its intention to leave. The next step was to negotiate a formal withdrawal agreement.

British lawmakers just approved a withdrawal agreement, which has started an 11 month transition period. The departure will be final no later than the end of December 2020.

This has created uncertainty about the status of EU nationals living in the UK pursuant to the freedom of movement treaty, and the uncertainty has been heightened by the election of Johnson as the prime minister.

Johnson’s immigration plans

Read more at https://thehill.com/opinion/immigrat...look-to-the-uk

Published originally on The Hill.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an Executive Branch Immigration Law Expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. Follow him on Twitter @NolanR1 Or at https://nolanrappaport.blogspot.com