Saturday, April 01, 2006

Assimilation Is Key

I don't always agree with his conclusions, but I respect Victor Davis Hanson a great deal for his willingness to talk about all the things that make the immigration issue so tough to resolve:

Illegal immigration is so embedded in issues of history, exploitation, race, class and money that the mere discussion of it has a way of turning surreal.

So we talk of a guest-worker program as if the million willing Mexicans a year who won't qualify for it will smile and stay home. And, even for those who do qualify, a guest-worker program is a bad idea, for it perpetuates the notion of "good enough to work, not good enough to stay." We should evolve from, not institutionalize, the two-tiered system of "them and us."

We also talk of deportation as if it were feasible to send back 11 million people to Mexico in the largest population movement since the British partition of India.

And we don't talk of the greatest collective violation of American immigration laws in our history.

But there is still a solution to the immigration problem: It involves supporting any practice that leads to the assimilation of legal Mexican immigrants into the American mainstream -- and opposing everything that does not.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, border enforcement, employer sanctions, walls and more officers to prevent illegal immigration will work, but only if we allow Mexico a generous quota of legal immigrants.

Basically he is saying we can only win by surrendering. He writes a pretty good article about why mass immigration from Mexico makes assimilation nearly impossible but then concludes by saying we have to allow it.

But why would we want all these poor people? I can see how they benefit and I can see how employers benefit. But most Americans are being hurt by mass immigration. The poor get lower wages and the middleclass get taxed to subsidize the cheap labor.

Why would we want them?

4/01/2006 1:56 PM  

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