Referendums on immigration are long overdue

Referendums on immigration are long overdue

PARIS -- There's a sense among the silent majority in nations around the world that immigration is virtually unstoppable. When people feel hopeless in a democracy, it means that something is broken. One need only look at the demographic petri dish known as France to see immigration-related dysfunction. Nations farther away from the front lines of this demographic tsunami ignore these dynamics at their own peril.

France has seen an increase in protest movements fusing the interests of leftists and frustrated ethnic minorities, with the two groups uniting for a recent series of protests across the country that resulted in violence. France has arguably never been more divided, yet...