The taboo on questioning immigration
0 comment Sunday, September 14, 2014 |
I have no objection to any number of immigrants from any nation, if they enter the United States by following the rules.
So says Thomas Baffy in his article, The Mexicanization of America, at American Thinker.
This is a good example of a currently popular Politically Correct code, almost universal across the political spectrum. It seems to be an essential disclaimer whenever anyone criticizes any aspect of immigration: one has to say 'I'm all for legal immigration; legal immigrants made America great', and so on. We all know the required formula. The idea behind this compulsory phrase is that it is a shibboleth which deflects any suspicion of 'racism' or xenophobia.
Now it might well be that everyone who uses this phrase, despite the ring of defensiveness that accompanies the statement, is in fact sincere. Maybe all these people really do support any and all legal immigration, regardless of the number of immigrants, irrespective of their motives in immigrating. We certainly live in a world which is heavily conditioned to be all-inclusive and all-tolerant. But somehow I suspect that many people who eagerly praise all legal immigration simply have not thought the issue through.
Suppose our level of legal immigration was tripled, quadrupled. Why stop there? The world is full of poor people who would come to America in a hearbeat if they could. Suppose we legally welcomed 10 million legal immigrants per year? At present we supposedly admit 1.3 million, along with 3 million estimated illegals. How many is too many? How many is enough? It's obvious that the numbers we receive at present are causing considerable social disruption and conflict, as well as costing us billions in social programs and other costs. Can any sensible person support ALL legal immigration? Can we safely welcome immigrants who come from hostile countries and cultures? If they are legal, then I suppose it doesn't matter; welcome them all.
The theme of Baffy's article, linked above, is that America is being Mexicanized, not so much culturally but in our political system; in our increasing tolerance of corruption and lack of respect for law. But these trends don't arise in a vacuum: they are part and parcel of Mexican culture, of Latin American culture in general. Whenever we import masses of people from a differing culture, we import their ways of life with them. Removing Mexicans from their homeland to America does not remove their culture from them; they do not magically think as Americans once they cross the 'border' onto our soil. Cultures do not make the people, but people make cultures. Once we transplant millions of Latin Americans into our country, especially when assimilation is no longer practicable and the immigrants themselves are unwilling to assimilate, we inevitably transplant their culture. And the greater the number of immigrants, the stronger the cultural influence. Once a critical mass is reached, their culture may indeed be the dominant one.
Supporting unlimited immigration, even if it is according to the rules, guarantees the transformation of our country and institutions.
Political correctness is clouding our ability to examine the situation honestly, to discuss it coherently, and this is a danger sign.

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