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Monday, June 06, 2005

The Truth About Immigration

Well, when even Newsweek runs a dispiriting article on the immigration problem in the US, things have got to be bad.

In "The Hard Truth of Immigration", Robert Samuelson reviews the numbers that groups such as CIS and FAIR have been pointing out for years.
No society has a boundless capacity to accept newcomers, especially when many of them are poor or unskilled worker. 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.
The problem with the illegal (and some legal) immigrants from Mexico is that many of them do not wish to assimilate into American culture. Traditionally, when immigrants came over to the United States, such as the Irish and other Europeans, they remembered their old customs and heritage, but embraced the American identity when they hit US soil. Today, when Mexicans cross the border, they bring their nationalities with them. Many have families on the other side of the border, and travel back and forth between the two countries regularly. They're 'part-time Americans', here to make money and then head back to Mexico. Their allegiance is divided. They don't care about America beyond how they can exploit our kindness to their benefit.

So now we have Mexicans coming over whom carry over their Mexican nationality with them, forming a kind of mini-Mexico within the United States. Nowhere is this more apparent than in southern Texas, where illegal immigrants wreck the houses of many Americans as they cross over illegally into our country. There are even some towns which have been re-named to their previous Mexican name, before America gained control of the territory. The street signs and language aren't in English. And of course, Mexico's President is not helping things by actively encouraging the illegal immigrants to enter our country, going so far as handing out pamphlets detailing how to evade the border patrol.

Less social pressure to assimilate (learning English, for one) translates into undue societal burdens. The cost for school skyrockets, because of the language barrier. These illegal immigrants even use our social services, utilizing a large portion of our healthcare systems, without even being a legal citizen within the country. Not only that, but they contribute heavily to crime as well. The end result is that because of this lack of assimilation and a separation from mainstream American culture, we all end up the worse off for it.

I'm fine with immigrants coming over into our country, and it's healthy, but the fact of the matter is that when they come here, they should learn our traditions and customs, not the other way around. We shouldn't have to bend over and start changing street signs or worry about many different languages because of people refusing to learn English.

3 Comments:

Blogger Justin Olbrantz (Quantam) said...

One (American) indian to another indian, both watching the pilgrims getting off the boat: Sure, there are just a few of them now. But if we don't come up with a strict immigration policy, we'll be sorry.

(political cartoon)

Mon Jun 06, 11:46:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oddly enough I think this is a big problem (I'm a liberal)because I see stories like this more common now with towns literally being transformed within the past few years due to a surge of Mexican immigrants who sadly destroy towns because of their already existing poverty and lack of necessary skill to acquire good jobs. On a lighter note I will also make a quick shot here and mention that President Bush does support the idea of welcoming new immigrants and rewarding existing illegal immigrants to come to America to take jobs. This was already well after this problem of "town taking" had existed. I guess in his opinion it helps the U.S. economy grow, however I feel the drawbacks are far worse.

Tue Jun 07, 12:28:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous kendy said...

There are people who live in Canada and travel to the States to work. I notice this especially since I live in an effing border town.

If you want to see immigration at it's best, go to downtown Toronto. :P

Fri Jun 10, 01:28:00 PM EDT  

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