I would be contacted shortly by the Danish police; the university had just learned I was facing criminal charges for violating my work and residence permit. ...It is amazing how this guy can think that he can move to Denmark and violate its laws.
A month before, I’d been on top of the world and ready to apply for permanent residence in Denmark, the country that had been my home for nearly eight years.
Long before the Trump administration, the populist Danish People’s Party formed a bloc in Parliament in the early 2000s and influenced a shift in the laws of a country formerly known for its warm welcome to outsiders. The party didn’t want to just eliminate immigration; it sought to return Denmark to an imaginary past of racial and ethnic “purity.” As the party platform states: “Denmark is not an immigrant country and never has been. Thus we will not accept transformation to a multiethnic society.”It makes sense to me that Denmark would not want to be transformed into something else.
This is more or less what Mr. Trump’s immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, wants for the United States, which is why it is important for Americans to understand where such policies lead.
The kind of xenophobia that afflicted Denmark appeared last month, during impeachment hearings, in commentary questioning the loyalty of public servants like Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Fiona Hill because they are immigrants. Their contributions — including a willingness to risk death in the name of duty — don’t matter to their critics, who saw and heard only one thing: not one of us.Yes, I thought "not one of us", and that was because of they disloyality. They wanted to carry our their own foreign policy, based on what they thought was good for Ukraine, instead of following their elected superiors.
On top of the staggering moral failure this represents — alongside the Muslim travel ban and the horrors of caged Central American children — this is just unfathomably self-defeating. Immigrants helped Americans win World War II and put Americans on the moon; ...So becaue Werner von Braun helped us design rockets, we need to take Muslim terrorists and Honduran child traffickers? This is crazy.
This is nutty. Maybe Denmark should have jailed him for teaching stupidity to his students.