Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Myth America is a Nation of Immigrants

Here are some alarming facts to consider:

  • The current illegal immigrant population, estimated to be between 10 and 12 million, is greater than the sum of Irish, Jewish, and English immigrants who have come to America.
  • The border patrol and ICE catch more illegal immigrants along our southern border than Swedish and Norwegian immigrants who have come to America in the last 200 years.
  • Each year more than half a million new illegal immigrants enter the U.S. through its southern border, more than all Greek and Polish immigrants who came to America between the revolution and 1960.
The population of the United States at the time the Constitution was signed was just 4 million.  It took nearly 200 years for that population to grow to 200 million, which it did in 1967.  Yet, it has taken a quarter of that time to go from 200 to 315 million, the U.S population as of January 1, 2013.

It is true that most Americans can trace their family lineage to an immigrant, but the same could be said of any nation in the western hemisphere or developed world provided one looks back far enough.  Exactly how far back does one have to go before they are not considered an immigrant, their father, grandfather, six generations?

I would argue that when it comes to a nation of immigrants, one could almost say that about any nation.  In fact, the number of foreign born living in England is 12.5%, in France nearly 18% are foreign born or their direct descendants, i.e. children.  The truth is the U.S. is no more dependent on immigration than any other developed nation and traditionally the country has maintained levels of immigration far below what they are today.

In 1850, when the government began keeping track of such things, 9.7% of the U.S. population was foreign born.  These 2.2 million immigrants were predominately from European countries.  While the percentage of foreign born citizens did fluctuate a little, between 1930 and 1970 that number declined to just 4.7%.

Since 1970, the number of foreign born people in the U.S. has risen rapidly to where they now makeup 12.5% as of 2009.  Unlike in the past, these new immigrants are primarily low-skilled and come from Latin America and Asia.  

Here is another alarming stat.  In 1960, the number of foreign born Europeans living in the use was just under 7.5 million.  Today, that number is roughly 4.75 million.   Meanwhile, the total number of foreign born living in the US has grown from 9.8 million in 1960 to 40.4 million in 2011.  Not only has the overall number of European immigrants declined, but the number of immigrants from third-world developing nations has exploded beyond all historical norms.

So what changed in the 60's that could have had such a dramatic effect on America's immigration numbers and demographic makeup?  Was there some global war or famine that America some how avoided?  Nope, what happened was the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, otherwise known as the Hart-Cellar Act.

Although Ted Kennedy gets credit for the 1965 immigration legislation, it was actually written by the Jewish congressmen Emanuel Celler from New York.  Prior to this law the U.S. restricted immigration policies based on a national origin quota designed to maintain the demographic makeup of the United States.  Celler's solution was to remove these quotas and allow anyone in the world who wanted to come to America to do so.  

Many feared what such a drastic change would do if it were not limited in some way.  This is Sen. Kennedy's response:
"Our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually.  Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same ... the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.  [The Hart-Celler Act] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and economically deprived nations.  The ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think... no immigrant visa will be issued to a person who is likely to become a public charge."
Recently deceased Senator Inouye of Hawaii offered similar retorts, "the total number of potential immigrants would not be changed very much."  But, as we have seen, nothing could be further from the truth, with the number of foreign born people in the U.S. growing more than 400% since that time.

Not only do these new immigrants come from countries with drastically different cultures, but they are predominately poor and low-skilled.  So much so, that the U.S. government goes out of their way to inform new immigrants about all the welfare and other government aid they qualify for.

Now let's go back and look a little deeper at those three facts I gave you at the beginning.  Here is a chart that shows the total number of immigrants from each country of origin between 1607 and 1958 as stated by John F Kennedy:
Germany.......................................6,798,313
Italy..............................................5,017,625
Great Britain..................................4,642,096
Ireland...........................................4,693,009
Austria-Hungary.............................4,280,863
Russia..........................................3,344,998
Sweden........................................1,255,296
Norway...........................................843,867
France............................................698,188
Greece...........................................499,465
Poland............................................451,010
China...............................................411,585
Denmark..........................................354,331
Japan...............................................338,087
Romania...........................................159,497
Finland...............................................25,358
That means that for that 350 year period the total number of European immigrants to this country was around 42 million, roughly the same number of foreign born we have living in the United States today.

If you could call the United States a nation of immigrants, you can only do so because Democrats actively worked to modify immigration laws for the purposes of diluting western civilization influence and to grab and maintain power.  Any attempt to pass comprehensive immigration reform and failure to enact real reforms that would once again restrict immigration to replacement levels would be akin to aiding and abetting that plan.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The current illegal immigrant population, estimated to be between 10 and 12 million, is greater than the sum of Irish, Jewish, and English immigrants who have come to America.

What gets me is that a majority of the illegals and legals as well are Mexicans which means Mexico has sent more immigrants to the US than any other nation. Yet they keep clamoring for more and acting as if we have to keep the door open since we let in all those Europeans. Well I have news for the Mexicans. You have already sent more people here than any other nation.

I say if you are going to reform immigration, Mexico should not be permitted any more slots. If the elites insist on turning us into a representation of the world, then Mexico has more than had its share and immigrants should be taken from other places. Not that I want that, but I am tired of Mexicans complaining given that they are hands down the largest beneficiary of our hospitality.

Anonymous said...

The current illegal immigrant population, estimated to be between 10 and 12 million

It seems that as far as I can remember, the government has been saying we have about 11 million illegals. They have said this since at least 2001. I highly doubt this number is legit. I'd bet by now it is probably at least twice that amount.

Also, if they do legalize this supposed 11 million, what happens when these newly minted citizens apply to bring their direct relatives? That number would triple. So if the government is correct, they would legalize 11 million which could eventually turn into 33 million when you add direct relatives. Or if there estimate is a decade out of date, we could be looking at legalizing 22 million would could eventually turn into 66 million.

How many people do we want in this nation? I can remember in grade school in the 1970s the teachers pointing to the map of China and India and telling us they had 600 million people and how crazy and overcrowded that was. Now are seem hell bent on hitting 400 to 500 million. I don't see that as a positive.