Immigration and the Future of America

Immigration and the Future of America
By Joseph Puder
FrontPageMagazine.com | June 28, 2007

The Associated Press reported on June 25, 2007 that “Months of tumultuous negotiations with the White House and GOP allies have brought the Senate’s liberal lion, Edward M. Kennedy, to the brink of passing a bill to legalize up to 12 million unlawful immigrants.”

For a super-power that spends nearly half-a-trillion dollars on defense, the U.S. borders remain more porous than most Third World countries.  The defenseless American borders have naturally invited an invasion of Third World people onto American shores.  With ever-cheaper air travel and large cargo ships, used by lucrative smuggler operations that bring poor, uneducated, and unwelcome invaders from Asia and Central and South America, the U.S. may be overrun in 40-50 years.

 

China and India could each shed 300 million people without even feeling the loss.   No doubt their departure would be met with a sense of relief.  In addition, millions of poor Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are aiming to come to America, some for economic reasons, others to Islamize this “infidel” nation.  And, while illegal sub-Saharan Africans reach Europe in rickety boats, illegals from Central America and the Caribbean are entering the U.S. through Mexico or simply by landing on Florida’s shores.

 

Political correctness has skewed the debate on immigration by leveling charges of racism and intolerance on those who have concerns about security and the future of America.   But the reality is that if current immigration patterns continue and if legalization is extended to 12 million illegal aliens, America’s culture could shift radically from the America most of us have known.

In 1921, the U.S. Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act followed, in 1924, by the Immigration Act.  The quotas instituted by the 1924 Immigration Act were aimed at reducing the number of unskilled laborers from entering and maintaining ethnic distribution.   British, German and North Europeans received the highest quotas, while the quotas for Jews and East and South Europeans were much lower.  No quotas were set for Mexico and Latin America at that time. 

It is ironic that in the 1880’s, with the increased arrival of Italians and Jews, some American elites viewed the U.S. as being a “dumping ground” – prompting the Immigration Act of 1924.   Italian and Jewish immigrants, however, would go on to become two of the best examples of immigrant groups who best contributed to the “melting pot.”  Both communities learned English quickly and within a generation or two rose to middle class status and beyond.  

The majority of illegal immigrants from Mexico have not however followed this “melting pot” pattern; they’ve been told not to.  Up until 1965 U.S. immigration quotas favored Europeans.  Today, however, Europeans account for approximately 10% of all arriving immigrants, with the majority coming from Asia and Latin America.   Martin Gross in his 1997 book The End of Sanity cites an example of how a middle class French female professional could not get a visa to the U.S. despite numerous attempts, yet thousands of Pakistanis somehow made their way to American shores.According to the 1920 Census Bureau – U.S. Department of Commerce figures (2004 edition of World Almanac) the top seven foreign born Americans came from Germany, Italy, Soviet Union, Poland, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland.  In 1960, they were from Italy, Germany, Canada, Great Britain, Poland, Soviet Union, and Mexico.  By 2000 Europeans were not even in any of the top 10 slots.  The top eight at that time were: Mexico, Philippines, China and Hong Kong, India, Cuba, Vietnam, El Salvador, and Korea. The Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965 (Hart-Celler Act, INS Act of 1965) abolished the national-origin quotas that had been in place in the U.S. since 1924. The legislation was proposed by Emanuel Celler and heavily supported by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), the same person who is leading the campaign for the current immigration bill. As Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chairman, Ted Kennedy promised his colleagues and the nation that, First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same … Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset … Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia … In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think.  Kennedy concluded by saying, “The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.” (U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 1965. pp. 1-3.) Ted Kennedy was wrong on every count.  America has been inundated with illegal Mexican “immigrants,” and millions of Asians.  The ethnic balance has changed in measurable ways.  The multiculturalists have won the day, and instead of a melting pot we now have a society of hyphented Americans.  Admission standards were not enforced and were instead relaxed, how else could we account for 12 million undocumented aliens? And now Kennedy is ready to dismiss the rule of law by advocating that 12 million undocumented illegal aliens be granted a path to citizenship.  Our cities are filled with non-English speaking immigrants – legal and illegal.  Kennedy should spend some time in Flushing, Queens (a New York borough), Jersey City, NJ, or the barrios and foreign-language neighborhoods of Los Angeles, instead of Aspen and fancy cocktail parties in leading hotels.  He would see what cities are currently grappling with and that the legalization of illegals will only compound an already unmanageable problem. Ted Kennedy led America astray by helping to pass the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. This is the last opportunity for Americans to wake up and make their voices heard for an America that protects its borders and defends the rule of law.

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