- In the U.S. Immigration comes in two-flavors
- Over a year ago, Peter Brimelow , author of "Alien
Nation" as well as director of www.
- ( http://www.vdare.com/ ) Vdare.com , addressed the Philadelphia
Society. Brimelow addressed immigration and its ongoing ramifications
for the United States of America.
- He said, "To begin at the end, we're talking about
"What is an American?"
- "My answer is that Americans just are- they are
Americans. We're told this is a nation of immigrants. But I say it's a
nation. Immigration is not as central to the American experience as a lot
of romantic intellectuals would like you to think.
- "We should see serious immigration reform in this
country-by which I mean an immigration moratorium ."
- "Will Rogers once said, "It's not what people
don't know that hurts them, it's what they know that ain't true."
- "When I came in to look at the technical literature
on the economics of immigration in the early 1990s, I was amazed to find
that the consensus among labor economists- the ( http://www.vdare.com/pb/050609_mexican_wave.htm
) consensus- was that the great inflow triggered by the 1965 Immigration
Act, and the simultaneous breakdown of the southern border, is not beneficial
in aggregate. It brings no net aggregate economic benefit to native-born
- Americans are subsidizing their own displacement
- Inflation and more aliens; CA costs $3K per U.S.
citizen family per year
- "In a micro-study, the NRC found the cost to every
- ( http://www.vdare.com/thom/cheap_labor.htm ) native-born
family in California of the immigrant presence, as of 1996, was something
like a thousand dollars a year. Every native-born family is subsidizing
the immigrant presence by a thousand dollars a year. Essentially, Americans
are subsidizing their own displacement."
- For the past seven years, I've sat with Peter Brimelow
at conferences in Washington, DC. He's an immigrant with a greater perspective
than most Americans can muster. He takes nothing for granted. He creates
discussion. This speech gives you a smarter understanding of our immigration
dilemma. As I've said many times in the past, we're displacing ourselves
out of our own country from a line of immigrants that never ends.
- Brimelow continued, "Now, actually, I would say
something similar may be true- although we don't know, because it hasn't
been properly researched- of ( http://www.vdare.com/fulford/1894_1924.htm
) last Great Wave of immigration between 1880-1920.
- In our rich history, immigrants got on a fast-rolling
- "We were always told, particularly by the ( http://www.vdare.com/pb/pressure.htm
) descendents of that Great Wave of immigration, that "immigrants
built America." But, actually, it may be more like they got on a rolling
band wagon. The thing was already underway before they arrived.
- "Even though immigration doesn't raise the per capita
income of the native-born, it does cause immense redistribution between
the native-born communities- amounting at that point to about two percent
of GDP shifted from
- ( http://www.vdare.com/misc/abernethy_unions.htm ) labor
- ( http://www.vdare.com/rubenstein/051215_nd.htm ) capital:
- 1) It is extremely beneficial to have immigration-for
- ( http://www.vdare.com/pb/051026_windsor_speech.htm )
who go to country clubs and vote Republican. It is extremely unbeneficial
if you are a
- ( http://www.vdare.com/guzzardi/afl_cio.htm ) blue collar
worker. It is particularly unbeneficial for ( http://www.vdare.com/guzzardi/look_the_other_way.htm
) African Americans. I am about to publish on ( http://vdare.com/ ) VDARE.COM
an article that shows black unemployment has actually risen- risen- since
this recovery started 13 quarters ago.
- Booker T. Washington was highly aware of this. His famous
- ( http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/speeches/booker_atlanta.html
) Atlanta exposition speech was half about how blacks had to "cast
down your bucket where you are", and acquire ( http://www.san.beck.org/BTW.html
) technical skills. But the other half was a passionate appeal- it's actually
one of the great speeches in the language- to whites, and particularly
to ( http://www.vdare.com/francis/dixieland.htm ) Southerners, to stop
mass immigration, what he described as people of "strange habits"
and "foreign tongues," because it was displacing blacks.
- 2) Now the second thing that people think they know
about immigration, which isn't true- I guess Professor Hanson illustrated
it last night. He referred at one point to America being a " ( http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/hanson041405.html
) multiracial nation."
- Before 1965 America stood at 90 percent white; it shouldn't
have been that way- but it was. The U.S. remained a substantially (http://vdare.com/sailer/paradox.htm)
homogenous nation well into living memory.
- As you know, John Jay wrote this famous passage in (http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/funddocs/fed/federa02.htm)
Federalist Number Two :
- He said, in effect, we can make federalism work in this
country because we are "one united people -- a people descended from
the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion,"
-and he didn't mean Christianity, he meant (http://www.vdare.com/francis/the_clash.htm)
Protestantism- "attached to the same principles of government very
similar in their manners and customs."
- This isn't a theoretical point. It goes to the roots
of American order. If you think America is an organic nation that has evolved
like every other nation, then you have to be careful how you introduce
people into it, about immigration policy. Whereas if you think it's a (http://www.vdare.com/guzzardi/credit.htm)
Proposition Nation, sort of like a credit agreement- just sign on the bottom
line- you can be much more relaxed about it.
- 3) This brings me to the third thing that people
think they know about immigration which ain't true: that the U.S. is "a
nation of immigrants."
- Of course all nations are nations of immigrants.
- What happened in the US did happen faster than elsewhere-
America was put together faster. They did in 200 years what it took England
over a thousand years to do.
- But that raises the prospect that it can be undone just
as fast as it was done- that the American union may not hold together if
discordant elements are introduced.
- There are two specific qualifications to this "(http://www.vdare.com/francis/amnesty_lobby.htm)
nation of immigrants" idea that I recommend to you:
- A. One qualification is that people think that immigration
has existed throughout American history. But if you actually look at the
data in Alien Nation- I went to the trouble to chart it- immigration is
in fact highly discontinuous. There are floods of immigration followed
by long periods with no immigration; there are pauses. These pauses were
essential to assimilation.
- B. It's also true the intellectual elite tends to think
America was built by immigrants because they live in (http://www.vdare.com/sailer/gangs.htm)
New York or (http://www.vdare.com/fulford/mary_queen_anglos.htm) Los Angeles
or somewhere like that- which are heavily immigrant cities, entirely immigrant
- But the last estimate that I saw, when I was researching
Alien Nation, was that if there had been no immigration at all after 1790-
none at all- the
- ( http://www.vdare.com/guzzardi/big_lie.htm ) population
of the US would still be about half of what it is now, through natural
- Brimelow said, "What is a nation?"
- "It seems to me the only rational definition is
that it has to be an ethno-cultural unit. It is not entirely ethnic- anybody,
individuals of any race, can usually assimilate. But it's not entirely
cultural either, as we are currently led to believe. There is a substantial
ethnic component to a nation. And that has consequences which we are not
really clear about, but which we know exist.
- Unprecedented social engineering COLLUSION; progressives
- "What we face now, with the post-1965 wave of immigration,
is an unprecedented act of social engineering being performed by the government.
The government is second-guessing the people on population size, because
Americans of all races have spontaneously got their family size down to
replacement levels. The American population has stabilized, absent immigration-
but in fact it's projected to go up to ( 400, maybe 500 million, by 2050,
because of immigration. And also, of course, we are rapidly shifting the
racial balance. In 1960 the U.S. was 90 percent white; by 2050, whites
will be about to go into the minority.
- "It seems to me that it's up to those who favor
this to explain why they want to transform America. What do they have against
the America that existed in 1965?
- Why does America have to be transformed ?
- "And why don't they explain it to the American people,
so we can have a democratic debate about it? Why does America have to be
- "The classic conservative point of view, it seems
to me- though you don't see it on the (http://www.vdare.com/fulford/ricoing.htm)
Wall Street Journal Editorial Page- is that if it's not necessary to change,
it is necessary not to change. I don't think it's necessary to change the
U.S., certainly by as much as is being changed right now.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn brilliant commentary
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn said in his Nobel Prize speech
- "The disappearance of nations would impoverish us
no less than if all men had become alike with one personality, one face.
Nations are the wealth of mankind, its collective personalities. The very
least of them wears its own special colors, and bears within itself a special
facet of God's design."
- "It seems to me that the U.S., as it had evolved
by 1965, did reflect a special facet of God's design."
- Why do the progressives and bureaucrats want to monkey
around with a GOOD THING ?
- Brimelow finished his speech with, "And I want to
know why the government wants to monkey around with it."
- In 1908 President Teddy Roosevelt said, "The one
absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all
possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit
it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."
- W h y ?
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- Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents
from the Arctic to the South Pole as well as six times across
the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from
the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming
Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic
clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring
about sensible world population balance at his website ( http://www.frostywooldridge.com/
) www.frostywooldridge.com He authored: "Immigration's Unarmed
Invasion: Deadly Consequences."