A Few Words of Sanity on the Immigration Question
Paul V. Hartman
A multi-ethnic society can survive a tendency to be torn apart
by ethnic differences PROVIDED that it is monocultural. For the
earliest 400 years of America, immigrants arrived with cultural
differences and adapted to the prevailing "American culture" they
found here because it was socially and economically rewarding to do
so, and because the "American culture" was little removed from the
culture they brought with them. Add-in the long pauses between
cultural waves that allowed assimilation rather than ghetto
formation and you had the great American success story.
What has changed since 1965 are several things:
1. The cultural gap of the new arrivals is larger than in the early
centuries since America began, even if the economic gap is the
2. The large waves have allowed ghettos to appear and grow,
promoting a language other than English. Indeed, Miami is a large
city in which Spanish-speaking people need never learn how to speak
3. The gaps that allowed assimilation have not been permitted to
4. Immigrants tend to settle (for various reasons) in the same
areas as other immigrants. Increasingly, this leads to ethnic
tension and criminal activity. (LA, Miami, Brooklyn, etc.)
5. Increasingly, immigrants not only are consuming a larger share
of the public purse in the form of welfare programs, they are
actually being encouraged to do so, against their better instincts.
6. Whereas America once selected its immigrants on the basis of
useful skills, that is no longer the case, and, in fact, skillless
immigrants actually have easier access.
7. Whereas America once selected its immigrants on the basis of an
existing cultural commonality, that is no longer the case, and, in
fact, other-culture immigrants actually have easier access.
A society with a high and unbroken immigration pattern is in
great danger of losing its culture, and the people can be held in
a suspended state of non-violence only by the strong (if not
oppressive) hand of government, as the USSR provided in the Balkans.
The claim that immigration is necessary for economic growth is
disproven by the example of Japan, which has virtually zero
The claim that immigrants are necessary because they do the
work others will not do is disproven by the discovery that there
are more than 40 states where immigrants do not settle, and someone
does those jobs in those states.
We now have sufficient evidence to prove that immigration over
the past 10 years has consumed more of the US taxpayer's money then
the immigrants have provided, despite the showcasing of individual
cases which have succeeded here in the great traditional way. This
is in tax dollars that are traceable. What is untraceable, and is
no doubt a larger figure, is the consumption of public resources
drained into fighting additional crime, drug use, and related anti-
It is time for several fixes to our immigration policy:
a) the flagrant illegal immmigration patterns must be stopped cold. If
that means fences on our open borders, so be it;
b) legal immigration must be reduced;
c) periods (10 year lengths) must be inserted between open immigration periods to encourage assimilation;
d) English must be made the official language, which also means that street signs, public documents, and the like appear in English only;
e) end the bizarre rule that an illegal immigrant giving birth in America becomes the mother of a US citizen.
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