Anyone can be whatever they want. And clearly, these days, anyone can call themselves whatever they like!
That said—no, I don’t think one can oppose immigration, for any reason, and be Truly progressive!
Why not? Because the nation-state, which has always been a dangerous angel, begins to look like sheer madness as we recognize that to survive and progress here, we humans must act as we are: one species, with the power to f _ _ _ things here up for everyone more than any other species can.
One species, with the power—and therefore, the responsibility—to evolve Life here in a way no other can, for all our relations.
One diverse tribe within the one wildly diverse family of Life.
We’re going to have to act as we are, if we want to progress. We’re going to have to act as if we belong to the Earth, not the other way around.
If we act like we belong to the Earth, who among us is empowered to dictate where any may roam or reside?
And as seas rise and the land goes through its changes, who will be able to stop people from moving in response? Would we want others to turn us away if we needed to flee from ecological disaster in our familiar dwelling place? Can any of us be sure that we won’t need to?
As to overpopulation—there is no evidence that challenges of this nature can ever be solved by mental/legal means. Here, too, we are compelled to evolve to solve. And making or maintaining divisions among us based on “patriotism” is not an aid to cooperative, creative learning.
(Maybe it’s time for matriotism! Faithful devotion to our common Mother, the Earth…)
We all respond to the intensity of this evolutionary moment—at least occasionally—by longing to be able to find solid ground someplace that looks vaguely familiar.
Someplace, any place, where we can hold to old certainties.
Someplace, any place, where we might at least “get a handle on”, if not “fix”, our seemingly insoluble and overwhelmingly threatening problems.
It’s understandable. That doesn’t mean that any such strategy will work.
Can a strategy born of the desire to fix us in place—physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually—be Truly progressive?
I think we all know the answer to that, even if we wish we didn’t.