For Some on Right, Even Legal Immigrants Aren’t American Enough

Many on the right, as American Thinker writer Selwyn Duke points out, claim to be all in favor of legal immigration, and opposed only to those who came to the US without proper documentation. But for Duke, even legal immigration is a threat to our culture.

Duke’s article reads almost as if he had copied his ideas from our “Previewing the Right Wing Playbook on Immigration Reform” report:

Most of those arriving legally are, using moderns’ typical yardstick, good, hardworking people. And illegals are much the same as those arriving legally. Another way of saying this is that those arriving legally are much the same as illegals. And that is the point. They usually come for economic advancement, not to become American. They often expect to have their cultural peculiarities accommodated, as opposed to doing what the Romans do. Their allegiance often lies elsewhere. And the vast majority vote for leftists.

Let’s look at the facts. For most of American history, we admitted an average of approximately 250,000 immigrants a year. After the Immigration Reform Act of 1965 (Ted Kennedy’s baby), however, this figure rose fourfold to approximately one million a year. The result: The rate of immigration started to exceed the rate of assimilation.

Eighty-five percent of our legal immigrants now hail from the third world and Asia, from non-Western cultures. And many immigrants, such as Islamists, cling to and advance beliefs that are incompatible with — and destructive to — our culture. 

The problem with this is that it isn’t geography that makes a nation, but people. Replace Americans with Mexicans or Muslims and you no longer have America — you have Mexico North or Iran West. Thus, if you believe Western culture is an evil force and aim to destroy it, our current immigration scheme perfectly suits your agenda. 

And the proof is in the pudding. Approximately 80 percent of new legal immigrants, once naturalized, vote as our culture-rending leftists do (for leftist Democrats). For a specific example, consider that first-time Hispanic voters cast ballots for Bill Clinton by a ratio of 15 to 1.

Appeal to racial fears: check.

Portray immigrants as invaders: check.

Denigrate reform efforts as vote-buying: check.