The Washington Post has some interesting news: The number of legal immigrants is going down.
Here’s the headline: “How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration.”
Get it? The “face.”
The article is mainly about how legal immigration is declining, but the subtext is that this is both a bad thing and a racist thing. There is no entertaining the argument that we are currently conducting in this country an experiment in endless high levels of immigration, a quarter of it illegal, while assuming this will do nothing to change a culture that has created the greatest economic engine and force for good in the history of the world.
The late, esteemed, scholar Samuel Huntington wrote a whole book about this, “Who are we?” It was published about 15 years ago. If he wrote it today, no doubt he’d be prevented from having his dinner in peace, or worse. I recommend you buy it before Amazon decides it messes with someone’s safe space.
Those who support maintaining these levels of migration assume either that these entrants can somehow be assimilated – or that we don’t have a culture here or if we do, changing it to whatever is fine.
According to the article:
As the national immigration debate swirls around the effort to discourage illegal immigration by separating families at the border, the Trump administration is making inroads into another longtime priority: reducing legal immigration.
The number of people receiving visas to move permanently to the United States is on pace to drop 12 percent in President Trump’s first two years in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of State Department data.
This is great news, of course, because we in fact do have a culture and in previous times we turned the immigration spigot way down for decades and were able to assimilate those who had been arriving, literally, by the boatload.
The change is a credit to Stephen Miller, the White House immigration guru, who is rapidly becoming Goering to Trump’s Hitler in the estimation of liberals.
And such a crisis. A 12 percent decrease. That’s still higher than in the early years of the Obama administration which, the piece notes, ramped up immigration in its final two years with a “get to yes” policy at U.S. embassies. That is also known as a “don’t properly enforce the law” policy.
The piece continues:
Among the most affected are the Muslim-majority countries on the president’s travel ban list — Yemen, Syria, Iran, Libya and Somalia — where the number of new arrivals to the United States is heading toward an 81 percent drop by Sept. 30, the end of the second fiscal year under Trump.
Legal immigration from all Muslim-majority countries is on track to fall by nearly a third.
Well of course it is. There is terrorism coming from certain Muslim-majority countries. Those countries are experiencing a travel ban. Therefore immigration is down.
Some public officials and immigration experts have raised concerns that the administration’s approach targets certain nationalities, discriminating against those from poorer and nonwhite countries.
The proof? Immigration from Europe is up, slightly. Well, two things about that. First, the levels from Europe are way below those from other parts of the world, according to the article itself. And second, Europeans are obviously more easy to assimilate and less likely to end up on welfare than those from elsewhere. It doesn’t have to be about race.
We have a Western culture here. It is derived from Europe, most specifically, Great Britain. Yes, there happen to be white people in Europe.
The Post also adds an economic argument to help makes its point, in an what is ostensibly a “straight news” story, that Trump is pursuing a bad – as in both evil and unproductive – policy.
“In general, the consensus of economists is that immigration on average has a strong positive effect on the American economy,” said Giovanni Peri, the chair of the economics department at the University of California at Davis. “The big picture really is that this cut in the number of all immigrants — high- and low-skill — is going to have an impact by slowing the economy.”
That may be true. In the short run. The Chamber of Commerce certainly wants all the cheap labor it can get right now.
But in the long run, if you alter the culture of this country too rapidly, you change its character, and that will harm its productivity. We are not like other countries, but we are turning into other countries. There are areas of Florida and California where you can pretty much live your whole life without speaking English.
Liberals will kill the goose that has been laying the golden eggs for all Americans – black, white, Hispanic, Christian, Jew and Muslim. And only a few brave people like Trump and Stephen Miller are standing in their way.