There has definitely been some oddball immigration pieces out that are a bit head scratching. The Atlantic wondered if the Left pushed too far too fast on immigration and lost its mind. They cited Krugman, DailyKos and even Barack Obama as being immigration restrictionist or supporting limits in the near past. The NY Times had an oped that maybe they should move to the center. Then Bill Gates said Europe needs to get a handle on immigration or it will be wrecked. Macron in France is not quite the open borders purist he was portrayed as with his interior minister clearing out areas. It is a trend.
Is the tide turning? Is the public discourse now open to stopping immigration? There is an element to this of the Left's media managers trying to put the genie back in the bottle or put the mask back on. "No no no, we went to far, let's stop this, hello fellow nationalists". The Left lies until their objectives are met. I've written about this and Texas going blue being an equivalent to the Left lying for decades that there was a Keynesian conspiracy in economics departments until they had won with no going back. This was my first instinct when reading this but Gates and Macron changed my feelings.
Bill Gates mentioned the need to slow it down and be smarter, citing the need to help in Africa. This was roughly the same timeframe as Macron came out and stated that (I'm imagining) "En oui, the Afric-a, it has a problem of 7 to 8 ba-bies per woman. Civilizational issues". There is something brewing if billionaires and their transparent puppets are stating Trumpian things, and Macron is backing it up with some clear outs of migrant camps. The elite might have boiled the frog too fast and wants to pause.
Whomever sold them on unlimited 3rd world migration might have been proven a charlatan. The prog foundations and academics armed with blank slatism and their third worldism could pitch an easy peasy population replacement and massage or outright lie about data for prior waves of immigration to just turn it on into a quick flood of millions. The immediate results are killing that illusion, and even worse, building support for nationalists.
A very cynical take is that Europe was already turned into a living museum and that this migrant flood was to much too fast and destroyed the tourism industry. Tourism is 8% of France's GDP. Paris alone received 1.2 million fewer tourists. It might have finally bit the elite in the ass economically. France as a pillar of the EU bailout mechanisms (stop laughing) cannot suffer sharp GDP drops or else the EU bailout scams get exposed in daylight. Macron's benefactors might be saying, "hey this could crush us, do something so we can market France as 1950s pretty France still". Interests finally aligned for those wanting to do something about borders.
The elite might be trying to get back to boiling the frog slowly. They can set up faux nationalist leaders or even jumpstart an international band of nationalist populists that they can control. They must realize that the wave of populism is going to come at them, so it is a matter of whether it comes from the right or the left. The only difference may be in how much of the wealth they have accumulated gets washed away.
The cake is baked in many regions due to decades of stuffing third worlders. A lot of deportations would have to occur to prevent hard times, which are here and getting cranked up. This will all end poorly. When the days come where persuasion and compromise are absolutely dead and all sides agree that the experiment is over, there will be blood. There already is, it just has not moved in both directions yet.