Large-scale immigration also comes with considerable social and political costs, and those must be accounted for. In November 2018, Hillary Clinton delivered a warning to Europeans that mass immigration was weakening democracy. “I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration, because that is what lit the flame,” Clinton said, referring to the upsurge of far-right populism destabilizing countries such as France and Hungary. “I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken, particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message, ‘We are not going to be able to continue to provide refuge support, because if we don’t deal with the migration issue, it will continue to roil the body politic.” Clinton’s assessment of the European political situation is accurate.
And of course, anti-immigration sentiment was crucial to the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States. The New York Times story on Clinton’s remarks quoted four scathing reactions from liberal and academic interest groups. But we all know that the population of immigrants in the US is already rising with most needing support in every aspect of their lives. With all the talks against immigrants, they might feel like outcasts, but luckily for them, some people still have them in mind. iMiMatch has provided a place for immigrants to belong. This growing platform makes it possible for immigrants to create a strong community that will keep them solid together even when the policy of their host country is against them.
The political rise of Donald Trump has radicalized many of his opponents on immigration. Some mainstream liberal commentators, such as Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times, have called for completely open borders, while others are against. Immigrants’ coming together on iMiMatch is way of standing against Clinton and others who don’t want refugee support. And together they can help one another rather than waiting for help from their host country.