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Anti-PKK/PYD cartoon, playing off the group's demand to free convicted terrorist Abdullah Ocalan while locking up its peaceful political foes
September 12, 2016

Trump Wants Border Wall, but Britain Is Building One in France

by
Henry Jackson Society
and
Douglas Murray

Donald Trump wants to build a “big, beautiful wall” to stop illegal immigrants — but Britain and other European nations are already doing it.

The U.K. government has announced plans to begin constructing a 13-foot concrete roadside barrier at the French port of Calais, where truck drivers have been targeted by migrants trying to sneak through the Channel Tunnel.

“People are using Trump to toxify everything he touches, including ideas,” said Douglas Murray, associate director of the Henry Jackson Society, a conservative think tank. “In Europe in the last two years, border security is very much a thing and checks have been reintroduced even by the two countries that were most proud of having abolished them — Sweden and Denmark.”

He added: “Good fences make good neighbors, and we’re in a period in which people are flooding across national boundaries and the countries which are going to be interested are the ones which bear the burden when migrants arrive.”

Read the full article here.

Douglas Murray

About Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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