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Submitted by Dave (United States), Oct 3, 2015 at 19:24

I agree that the pessimistic view is the correct one. Hart-Celler essentially opened up immigration to Third World countries, skewing the composition of our immigrants to be tilted far more towards cultures that are often backward, sometimes violent, and usually much less democratic. Also, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, immigrant families tend to use welfare at a much higher rate than the natives, and tend to have far lower skill levels. As though we need more entitlements given our obscene national debt levels!

Even our current level of immigration, at over one million per year - the most generous in the world - not to mention the copious flow of illegals, will hardly make a dent in world population growth, currently running at about 80 million a year, almost all of it from dysfunctional southern countries.

The US is currently succumbing to the classic delusion that so many successful civilizations have fallen prey to: The idea that we can simply extend our bounty to the rest of the world by putting out the welcome mat. The mistake is in forgetting that America is a lot more than a house in the burbs and two cars in the garage. It is rather an idea, a way of thought, painstakingly developed over the centuries in Greece, in Rome, then England, and finally forged in blood by the Founding Fathers and those who wrote the Constitution.

Yes, the Statue of Liberty welcomes the tired and the poor, but qualifies her message with those "yearning to breathe free". This means that we should require an understanding of what freedom means, and that can be a tough tutorial. It means that immigration must be gradual enough for us to make sure that the newcomers understand our system and can become a productive part of it, and not be a threat to its principles and resources by overwhelming them.

A lot of voters intuitively grasp the nature of the problem and want leadership. It's just too bad that it's been Donald Trump, so far, who has answered the call.


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1Immigrants have not been detrimental to America; but Obama supporters have [249 words]Michael SOct 10, 2015 23:46225563
2a simple truth [10 words]Charles MartelOct 10, 2015 19:15225558
1What does the future hold [117 words]dhimmi no moreOct 9, 2015 15:06225537
This is ... [67 words]Dear Dr. PipesOct 8, 2015 11:05225517
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011 [83 words]JeffOct 9, 2015 13:37225517
Our dear Deb and Detriot [130 words]dhimmi no moreOct 9, 2015 14:47225517
Immigrants did create the USA [203 words]DebanjanOct 12, 2015 10:06225517
Real refugees [270 words]JeffOct 18, 2015 11:58225517
2Dear Diary: October 10, 2115 [293 words]
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DaveOct 7, 2015 21:19225509
Following just one language - English will be a start to road of recovery! [214 words]JaladhiOct 7, 2015 16:03225503
Really so unlike other government decisions? [105 words]PeterOct 7, 2015 12:56225501
1Solutions [112 words]Stu FaginOct 6, 2015 14:41225485
4American exceptionalism [276 words]Charles MartelOct 5, 2015 22:31225463
Regarding the need for a "Muslim Reformation" [497 words]RobertOct 6, 2015 11:18225463
1Stop the flow of ME money to our universities! It's suicidal! [139 words]JaladhiOct 7, 2015 16:24225463
The links between Qatar the MB and Brookings [28 words]dhimmi no moreOct 9, 2015 16:02225463
Time to Clean House [108 words]StormbringerOct 5, 2015 14:55225457
Grave concerns for the Cultural future of the United States of America and for the American English Language [138 words]Mike DelgadoOct 5, 2015 12:44225456
NO MORE IMMIGRANTS [140 words]JACQUES HADIDAOct 4, 2015 18:19225452
Agreement and Dissent [398 words]Ron ThompsonOct 4, 2015 15:08225450
Immigration [17 words]
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2Watch Out [7 words]Barry BlackOct 4, 2015 11:10225444
Abolition of Protestantism in our history [185 words]BillOct 4, 2015 10:48225442
Where is the evidence of cultural change? [86 words]
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EBAOct 4, 2015 09:53225441
so true, so sad [87 words]RobOct 4, 2015 09:00225439
Dangerous misunderstading of immigrant cultures [471 words]Philip AndrewsOct 4, 2015 08:49225438
The bright side/ rebuttal [287 words]PezDispenserOct 4, 2015 03:01225436
Agreement [100 words]KateOct 3, 2015 22:03225435
I could care less about color, but multiculturalism is treason! [218 words]Uncle VladdiOct 3, 2015 21:50225434
2And This Is Why Trump Is Popular [345 words]DaveOct 3, 2015 19:24225433
1touche' [7 words]Charles MartelOct 19, 2015 22:46225433

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