Is it socialist policies which make the US more like their enemies of yesteryear, or is it their growing fear of outsiders? The Soviets were really good at keeping people out, but they were also really good at keeping people within their borders. While it is true the average person from the West did not often seek to cross the border, one still must admit the system worked. The borders were secure to all but the crafty espionage types.
In days of yore,
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me …”
Today, it seems, we only want educated, socially acceptable, foreign born individuals to visit our shores. I wonder, though if at some level, we fear them as well?