Riffing from Levin’s ‘Liberty and Tyranny’ (pt 5)

Posted: January 1, 2010 in Politics
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This article is part of a five-part series. See Part 1 here.

How Immigration Used to Work

I am shocked and embarrassed to note that I never wrapped up what was turning into a fairly sharp series of blog articles. So, it seems that before I begin contributing again to this blog in the New Year, I need to take care of some housekeeping: Part 5 – How Immigration Used to Work.

Levin asserts that, contrary to the arguments posed by the left, the immigrant of the twenty-first century is cut from a different cloth. His motives and ambitions are not the same. The left insists that to restrict the immigrant’s entry is entirely racist, and is a denigration of America’s diverse heritage. Further, that America is dependent on its immigrant population, and the natural born Americans are inferior in virtue and shallower in faith.

Our “melting pot” was indeed a tribute to massive and diverse immigration. What was different about those primarily European immigrants? There are many differences, a few majors being: historically, these immigrants were predominantly skilled laborers; they were leaving their homeland to become fully American, throwing off any allegiance to their former nation; they arrived on our shores expecting to put themselves fully and completely under the rule of law, and in return gain the full protections outlined in the Constitution. This has changed in outrageous ways: Juan Hernandez, in an ABC interview in 2001 while serving as the Hispanic outreach director for the Mexican president, said, “I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think ‘Mexico first.’”

Assimilation is always a touchy subject, because in this PC-charged age to advocate assimilation is to disparage the immigrant’s culture and race. But why has assimilation, which once seemed to occur naturally, become an odd exception? Levin’s answer is that where previous waves of immigration had easily defined starts and ends, “the current influx is not a wave but an ongoing tsunami that began more than forty years ago and… is likely to continue in the decades ahead.” Our country has no time to absorb the current residents before more follow on their heels.

Going back to the PC idea that cultural purism is an admirable and morally superior trait in our immigrants, much of that stems from the idea that there is no “pure American” culture of which they could become a part, or that American culture is inferior to those of other nations and is therefore not worthy of protection. Historically, however, becoming an American had a larger meaning beyond the location of your home; when people became Americans, it was an identifier that encompassed all the rights and privileges spelled out in our founding documents. It raised them up to a higher status than they held in their homelands. This is still the case today – but once here, they are treated as if retaining the purity of their original culture is of highest import and will achieve the same results for America as the melting pot of old.

Levin taught me something about the 14th Amendment and a common misinterpretation of it – namely, that any child born within the borders of the US, regardless of the nationality of the child’s parents, is automatically a US citizen. Sometimes the things you assume to be fact turn out to be based on nothing more than movie lore, I guess. Turns out that the purpose of this amendment was to grant citizenship to the emancipated slaves. “All persons, born or naturalized in the United States,” says the Amendment, “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” Under any logical definition, an illegal alien is not subject to the jurisdiction of the US. If you grant citizenship to any baby born here, children of foreign diplomats would become US citizens – but they don’t, because that’s not how it works.

Surprising statistics of this chapter (some taken from a 2004 estimate by the Pew Hispanic Center):
* 1 in 8 US residents is an immigrant, and 1/3 of them are here illegally
* 9% of Mexico’s population was living in the US
* 57% of all illegal immigrants are Mexican
* 55% of all Mexicans living in the US are here illegally

The left is determined to push us towards a one-world government. The recent climate conference in Copenhagen was evidence of that, as well as the relationship President Obama is fomenting with the UN. By destroying the concepts we hold about immigration and transforming the laws to align with them, they erode the sovereignty of our country. (I would be interested to see how many registered voters can tell you why US sovereignty is still important.) Hopefully there can be a real debate on immigration that doesn’t degenerate into claims of racism, xenophobia, bigotry and prejudice. I fear that as long as the subject remains on a political stage, it can’t make any progress at all.

Part 1: World Opinion and American Exceptionalism
Part 2: Economic Intervention
Part 3: The Linguistic Psy-War Tactics of Liberals
Part 4: Overpopulation and the Green Movement

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