Take a good look at the scope and breadth of the ethnic and racial diversity in Northern Virginia, where students from up to 200 countries populate local schools. Your community–and your schools–will look a lot like this within the next three decades. . . . multi-ethnic families are boosting the regional economy by buying homes, opening businesses and shopping locally. They bring a richness of language, tradition, and food. – USA Today 11/10/14 by Marisol Bello and Paul Overberg
Fact Check: Once again USA Today plays cheerleader for mass immigration and “diversity,” seemingly without any suggestion that either could ever be excessive. The article does indicate that the changes in Northern Virginia have caused some stress, but the whole tenor of the piece is that these are mere road bumps as we travel to a glorious future of multi-cultural bliss.
One might doubt, however, that the diversity of 200 countries is a good idea if the goal is keeping the United States united. Just how much diversity can a country have before our powers of assimilation are overwhelmed? And if mass immigration continues without let-up is there any hope at all that the Melting Pot won’t melt down?
Despite the “diversity is our strength” propaganda common sense plainly reveals that diversity past a certain point brings divisiveness and social breakdown. And significant research by Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam reveals it as well. Although an advocate of diversity, he found in the course of his studies that the American cities with the most diversity are the ones with the lowest civic and community ties among their residents.
Putnam felt so bad about his findings that he withheld them for a period of time. He still maintains his simple faith that diversity will work out in the end, somehow some way. Most realistic people have difficulty sharing that faith.
The USA Today article trumpets the immigration boosting cliché that immigration enriches us economically. Interestingly, America made her greatest economic gains from about 1920 to 1965, a period of immigration restriction. Since 1965, the year when our current massive wave of immigration began, our economy has declined significantly so far as it benefits ordinary Americans.
As for the claim that immigration enriches us with foreign traditions, we might inquire as to which ones. The traditions of many foreign countries promote poverty and oppressive government, which is precisely why their people come here. And given their numbers, let us consider once again, it is likely that assimilation will fail and that they will retain those traditions—much to the loss of our American traditions.
USA Today’s cheerleading is not something that thinking Americans should take seriously. It simply serves up propaganda for the vested interests that reap profits and political power from massive unending immigration.