What the American Left Can Learn from Denmark's Left on Immigration

By Matthew Sussis on June 11, 2019

Fox News, June 11, 2019

Last week, Denmark went to the polls to choose a new parliament in what turned out to be a resounding victory for the center-left, providing a potential example to American liberals on how to win big at a time when right-wing politics are rising across the Western world.

In recent years, many American liberals have expressed concern and dismay over what they see as the growth of fringe, nativist right-wing politics. They have puzzled over how to respond to this, with some choosing to double down on their support for mass migration and even illegal immigration. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said he would "absolutely" take Trump's border wall down if elected president, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called for completely defunding not just Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but the entire Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

However, in the recent European Parliament elections, the center-left Social Democrats in Denmark offered a polar opposite, more politically viable path — they got even tougher about cutting immigration than most conservatives did, and they were rewarded at the polls for doing so. Further, their low-immigration stance completely took the wind out of the ascendant Danish far-right's sails, causing it to sink.

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