Concerning “immigration,” no, I don’t want to be outnumbered and surrounded by people who feel entitled to violate my life, liberty, and property. But… I already am whether there are immigrants or not, just because almost everyone is statist, and that is the defining characteristic of statists. That there is an “immigration control” debate is proof that I am outnumbered and surrounded.
It might be unrealistic to insist that property rights be respected and “welfare” be eliminated to make “immigration” a non-issue, but it’s no less unrealistic to believe government will keep out people who advance its agenda of ever-increasing socialism. It needs them and will do whatever it takes to get them where they can be used. If “the borders” are “secured,” and “immigration” is controlled, you can be certain it will be done in such a way that the State’s agenda won’t be threatened in the slightest. If that means using “loopholes,” ignoring the “laws,” or some other tactic, it WILL be done. They want it too badly to stop.
So, yes, “immigration control” will only be done in ways that grow the State, in size and in power. Believing otherwise is completely unrealistic. This is something “more” or “better” government will not solve to your liking. Ever.
If you’re going to be “unrealistic” anyway, you may as well be principled while doing so.