We reported yesterday on the squalor in southern Mexico and the Angolan migrant who was anxious to get to Maine because she “has contacts in Portland.” In January, we featured an article on the impact of immigration, primarily from Africa, on the city of Portland. Today, we note a video from Portland’s WMTW television news titled “Immigration could hold key to Maine’s economy, advocates say.”
This report reveals a disturbing trend among some American cultural thought leaders–in this case centered in the state of Maine but likely spread throughout the U.S.–to regard more “highly skilled” immigrants as the solution to an aging native population and declining birth rate among natives.
Told strictly from the point of view of the “advocates” in the title and fairly gushing over the presumed superiority of Maine’s recently arrived African immigrants over native Mainers, the video makes the case that Maine needs to import a new overclass of highly skilled immigrants. (One native Mainer associated with an immigrant-friendly business group says, “The immigrants who are coming here have as a rule higher educations than we have…. We need these people!”)
The only obstacle to the immigrants’ assumption of their anticipated overclass role is language, a problem for which high-tech has a solution. Since learning “general English” takes too long, the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center is providing businesses with online software that teaches prospective high-level employees business and technical jargon, omitting the “general” stuff traditionally used by mere citizens.
The smug assumption on the part of such “thought leaders” that people are fungible–like money, freely interchangeable, without regard to culture, background, and tradition–is wrong-headed, disturbing , and frankly suicidal. These so-called “leaders” may succeed in importing an overclass and helping them bypass that pesky traditional language requirement that only “gets in the way” of their ascension. If they do, the territory currently occupying the limits of what we call the State of Maine may continue as an economy. But there will no longer be a “Maine.”