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Sunday, March 27, 2005

It's not Immigration, so much as Assimilation

Ruth from Freudian Slippers left a link in the comments on the previous entry, and I think it's worth a read.

The verbiage of war is a bit strong for my tastes, but perhaps it is exactly the prism through which we should view this problem, if for nothing else than to highlight the seriousness of the issue.

Mexico’s Undeclared War on America by Alan Caruba, writing on The Autonomist.

In it, Mr. Caruba reports the following statistics:

US Border Patrol Agents, according to a January 10 article in The Washington Times, “apprehended 1.15 million illegal aliens last year trying to sneak into the United States between the nation’s land ports of entry, more than 3,100 a day—a 24 percent increase over the year before.” Among them, 23,000 people with criminal records were identified and arrested. They included 84 murder suspects, 37 suspected kidnappers, 151 who were wanted on charges of sexual assault, 313 robbery suspects, and 2,630 others implicated in drug-related charges.

“There were 8,577 drug seizures that confiscated 1.4 million pounds of illegal narcotics with an estimated street value of $1.62 billion,” according to the Times article by Jerry Seper. In all, the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s inspectors and officers processed 428 million passengers and pedestrians, including 262 million aliens, “denying entry to more than 643,000 aliens under US law.” They were in addition to those trying to steal across the border illegally.

He goes on to note that despite the openly illegal nature of border crossings, the Mexican Foreign Ministry published "The Guide for the Mexican Immigrant.”

The Command Post did a great round-up of articles on this booklet back in January here.

Politicians seem to think this is a complicated issue.

It is not at all. The issue is whether we obey the laws of our land or we do not. If the laws we have written are to be ignored at whim based purely on an ethnic basis, what business do we have calling ourselves civilized?

When you look at the growing threat to civilization in Europe by a large population of unassimilated Muslim immigrants, you are drawn irretrievably to the position that allowing a society to evolve within and yet so fundamentally apart from the existing society is simply a powderkeg waiting for a spark.

The murder of Theo Van Gogh, and the subsequent withdrawal of his movie from a film festival, shows that Europe is terribly resistant to the lesson of un-checked immigration the Dutch learned, and to their credit, have apparently learned relatively quickly.

With respect to Mr. Caruba, I disagree with calling illegal immigration an act of War by Mexico. In my estimation, Mexico's motives are less hostile than economic. I think it is accurate however to wrap it up into the context of a War on Terror.

We either need to enforce the laws as they exist, and get serious about stopping illegals, or we need to legally allow more immigration. Either way, we need to ensure these immigrants, legal or otherwise, are assimilated into the U.S. culture. This should be home for them, not a means to an end.