Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media:
“Laura Ingram’s attack on illegal, and in some cases legal, immigration harks back to a time when my forebearers and hers immigrated to this great country, and were accused of changing it for the worse. . . . When my Jewish-Polish grandparents came to America at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, many white Protestants whose forebears had been here for generation complained that these “different” immigrants were turning America into a country we don’t ‘know and love.’
“Nor would ‘merit’ immigration assure us the kinds of immigrants who would contribute significantly to our country. . . . It is a cliché to say that we are a nation of immigrants, but the cliché is true. Yes, immigration has changed our country, mostly for the better. To be sure, some illegal immigrants, and even some legal immigrants, do not contribute to our country. But that is true of Mayflower descendants (our first immigrants).” – Immigrants Who Change America Are Its Lifeblood, Alan Dershowitz, The Boston Globe, 8/16/18 [Link]
Fact Check of Quote: Laura Ingram was correct when she recently stated that mass immigration was changing America beyond recognition. Immigration, at the level where it is now, makes assimilation difficult, lowers wage levels, and places a strain on our infrastructure and environment.
The key issue is numbers. But for many immigration enthusiasts, it seems, no level of immigration can be excessive. Furthermore, they appear to think that anyone who has an immigrant ancestor is morally obligated to support unlimited immigration. This is absurd. It’s like saying that every employee of a company who was once a job applicant must support the company’s employment all future job applicants.
A company doesn’t exist to hire people. It exists to serve its purposes as a company, and it hires only the number people with certain skills it needs for those purposes. The same applies to a country, specifically our country. It exists, as our Constitution states, to provide liberty and domestic tranquility for Americans. U.S. citizens have the right and duty set immigration policy to meet our national interests. This means selecting immigrants of merit who are likely to contribute to our society, rather than take from it.
Dershowitz, as most immigration enthusiasts, talks of how people in the past criticized immigration, but that their criticisms were wrong because everything worked out fine in the end. In truth, however, those concerns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were often quite reasonable. This is why Congress wisely decided in 1924 to cut mass immigration sharply. Ironically, as this restrictionist legislation promoted assimilation, it prevented the worst of the critics’ predictions from happening.
The cliché that “we’re a nation of immigrants” one that really needs to be put to rest. It was once a reasonable expression of America’s heritage of immigration, but now it has become an absurd claim that immigration is the entirety of our country’s heritage. First and foremost we’re a nation of Americans, and immigration must serve that nation’s ends.