This article examines the rule of law in the bureaucratic bashing era of individualism in the context of increased immigration influx in Western countries. I argue that the increased volume of immigrants in many Western liberal democracies leads to an increase of anti-immigrant sentiment as well as an increase of individualism in many receiving migrant nations in the West. Bureaucratic bashing increases and makes it harder for bureaucrats and states to handle this increase in discriminatory discourse regarding the immigration policy of many Western receiving migrant countries. Originally, states were the guarantor of regulating immigration policies in many Western countries. With globalization and the increase of economic interconnection between nations, states become more and more irrelevant in controlling their borders or even their immigration policies. Consequently, many forces are leading the immigration policies, and bureaucrats and states are seen as less and less capable under the rule of law to control and regulate the law and policies against immigration. Bashing the law and bureaucrats become the norms by opponents of immigration policies in many Western liberal democracies. In the name of individualism, the rule of law is increasingly criticized and many grassroots organizations are attempting to impose their own rules regarding this matter.
|Keywords:||Theory, Immigration, Rule of Law, Western Countries|
Adjunct Professor, Sociology Department, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA