The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media
America would not be what and where it is today without immigration and multiculturalism. Donald Trump has enacted stricter policies and rules regarding certain minority groups coming into the United States, and this way of thinking is against much of the early foundation of this country. In fact, American identity is defined by a slew of different groups and ideals. This country would not be here today without cultural exchange. . . .
There have been quite a few moments where this country has limited immigration rates. Many scholars, historians and politicians today are active in stating how this has prevented progress and prosperity, stagnating the country’s growth. When we have encouraged more immigration, the country experienced tremendous growth as a country economically and socially. . . .
American identity has been inherited around a realization that we made our way in this country, and all people deserve that opportunity. Multiculturalism is extremely important and a vital component in our identity. Americans need to be extremely careful in their mindset of limitation.– America’s Foundations Rooted in Immigration, Cultural Exchange, Daniel Stoll, easttennessean.com, 10/8/18 [Link]
Fact Check of Quote: To say that America would not be what it is today without immigration and multiculturalism is not to say that what we are today is completely desirable. Immigration can provide some beneficial diversity, but immigration advocates refuse ever to concede that we might have too much diversity brought about by the highest sustained level of immigration in our history. In point of fact, we do, with research showing that cities with the most diversity have the weakest civic and social ties.
The idea that limiting immigration has always harmed our progress and prosperity is simply false. A perfect example to the contrary was the ending of mass immigration in 1924. The consequence was greater opportunity for immigrants and their children to assimilate as a tighter labor market made it easier for them to rise into the middle class.
The period between 1924 and 1965, which preceded the present cycle of mass immigration, was one of the most creative and innovative periods of American history, with a surge of industrial might that made America the envy of the world. Our creativity and innovation were manifest in our space program which put a man on the moon.
Since the end of the sixties our sense of national purpose has declined, and our economy has lost much of its vibrancy. Our wage levels have stagnated, and our middle class has shrunk. If mass immigration is the unsurpassed social and economic elixir that its proponents claim, surely we would be in better circumstances.
An excellent illustration is California, the state with the highest number and percentage of immigrants. In the sixties it was the epitome of the American Dream with abundant opportunities and a thriving middle class. Now it increasingly resembles the Third World homelands of many of its immigrants, with a relatively small number of wealthy people at the top and lots of poor people at the bottom.
The notion that “all people” should have the opportunity to come to America is a flight into pure insanity. Each year, world population grows by about 80 million, mostly in poor countries. Does anyone really think that we could accept just this increase of humanity for even a few years without being totally swamped?
Immigration enthusiasts don’t seem to care about the practical consequences of their position. Much more important to them, it seems, are the warm fuzzy feelings and sense of moral superiority they derive from tossing a welcome mat to the world. Such gross irresponsibility and narcissism are anything but moral.