Monday, June 06, 2005

The Hard Truth Of Immigration

Immigration is crawling its way back onto the national agenda. Earlier this year, Congress enacted a law intended to prevent illegal aliens from getting state drivers' licenses; the volunteer "minutemen" who recently patrolled the porous Arizona border with Mexico attracted huge attention, and members of Congress from both parties are now crafting proposals to deal with illegal immigration. Being brutally candid means recognizing that the huge and largely uncontrolled inflow of unskilled Latino workers into the United States is increasingly sabotaging the assimilation process. Mexicans are now the single largest group of U.S. immigrants, 30 percent of the total in 2000. Indeed, the present Mexican immigration "is historically unprecedented, being both numerically and proportionately larger than any other immigrant influx in the past century". In 1920, for example, the two largest immigrant groups—Germans and Italians—totaled only 24 percent of the immigrant population. Among men, about one in 20 U.S. workers is now a Mexican immigrant; in 1970, that was less than one in 100. Will immigration continue to foster national pride and strength or will it cause more and more weakness and anger?


At June 06, 2005 8:10 PM, Anonymous Kledo said...

Fjordman, it looks like that your blog has already attracted a jerk :).

At June 06, 2005 8:55 PM, Blogger Fjordman said...

Yes. I'm flattered. You know your blog is making a difference when it starts attracting Islamic trolls :-)

But I turned off anonymous commenting. Don't know if it will be permanent, I will think about it.

At June 06, 2005 10:07 PM, Blogger erp said...

Immigration only became a problem when the liberals took over the national agenda in 60's and we went from a melting pot (in unity there is strength) society to a multicultural (divide and conquer) society.

Everyone who wants to come here to make a better life for themselves and their families and follow the upwardly mobile traditions of our forefathers and mothers is welcome to our American family.

Troublemakers stay home (and if possible take some of our native-born troublemakers with you).

At June 07, 2005 12:47 AM, Blogger perroazul del norte said...

It is curious that the democratic rights of the US citizenry never seem to come up when this topic is discussed. It is the right of the citizenry of the US to decide who is eligible to enter their country (as immigrants, visitors, etc.)through democratically enacted laws. What is more, the vast majority of US citizens want these laws enforced. Bush and Fox conspire to negate these laws. Why is it that the American people, of all the people on the planet, are considered to have no right to self-determination?

At June 07, 2005 12:51 AM, Blogger Fjordman said...

"Why is it that the American people, of all the people on the planet, are considered to have no right to self-determination?"

This goes for all Western countries. In Scandinavian countries, non-citizens even have voting rights in local elections. But it's considered "racism" to say that non-citizens should have these voting rights revoced. If you're from a Western nation, you're just supposed to look at your country being swamped.

At June 07, 2005 2:17 AM, Blogger bordergal said...

The tide is turning in the US. Immigration is now a very hot issue, and I think it will become more and more explosive. US citizens are sick of our government looking the other way as millions sneak into our country.

There is a movement underway known as the Minuteman Project, which has two main goals. One is adding permanent citizen volunteer patrols to our borders. There has already been a successful operation on the US/Mexican border in Arizona. The second is to sue the pants off employers who are hiring illegals. There is also a bill pending in Congress to add troops to the border.
Wish us luck.

At June 07, 2005 7:19 PM, Blogger stuart10242 said...

I have yet to see any serious proposals coming from the political leadership of the USA to secure the southern border. The solution is not to increase the size of the border patrol or place more technological gizmos `on the border. The solution is obvious and already proven. Simply build a security barrier the length of the border identical to the one Israel has built around Gaza and is now building along its border with the west bank. The existing border patrol would then be able to maintain enforcement without any increase in its `size.

At June 08, 2005 1:13 AM, Blogger Mike H. said...

Keep anonymous commenting off. It keeps the bloodpressure down.


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