Thursday, May 18, 2006

More Immigration Blow Back

A Fan For All Seasons commented a while back on immigration:

It's true that there are similarities between the Mexican immigrants today and immigrants of the past but one simple fact remains; America is not the same country as it was over a century ago. When immigrants flocked from over seas back in the 1800s, the nation was still growing. There were jobs to be had and the nation's borders were expanding. We cannot say the same about the America we live in. America may be the home of the free and the land of oppurtunity, but that doesn't mean that anyone and everyone should be able to waltz right in, not anymore at least. The country is established now, and therefore the standards we once had must be rewritten. Send us your tired, poor and huddled masses you say? I say send 'em back.

To respond, no, America is not the same country it was a century ago. But don't forget, the nation's "second wave" of immigration occurred began late in the 19th century, and continued through World War I into the 1920's. Those of us of Southern or Eastern European descent probably had ancestors come to America at this time. And the complaints then were the same as the complaints today, and the same as those heard about the Irish generations earlier. If immigrants really do steal jobs and drag down the economy, why is it that the United States remains an economic powerhouse and maintains the world's highest consumer standard of living when immigration here, both legal and illegal is vastly greater than immigration to the rest of the western world. As for jobs, unemployment is at record lows.

We are not France, thank God, and we need not get frightened about threats to our language and our culture. Immigrants will come here, they'll learn from us, we'll learn from them, and we'll all be better for it.

I say send us your tired, poor, and huddled masses today, just as you did a century ago. It's one of the reasons why we're the greatest nation in the world.


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