Skip to comments.Looking for an an older essay on immigration focussing on failure to push assimilation and English.
Posted on 04/14/2014 2:05:13 AM PDT by Yehuda
A while back I read a terrific essay on why our failure to insist on more assimilation by immigrants (and immigrants' failure to speak English) was going to destroy America.
IIRC, the essay was written (and may have been a speech) by a former Senator or Congressman, and was written in the form of "if you want to see America destroyed, then keep allowing this, and keep permitting that "
I'd appreciate any links to that essay.
I don’t know if this is it, but...
An essay on multi-culturalism and immigration.
How can we account for this remarkable silence? The answer, as I will try to show, is that when the Immigration Reform Act of 1965 was being considered in Congress, the demographic impact of the bill was misunderstood and downplayed by its sponsors. As a result, the subject of population change was never seriously examined. The lawmakers stated intention was that the Act should not radically transform Americas ethnic character; indeed, it was taken for granted by liberals such as Robert Kennedy that it was in the nations interest to avoid such a change. But the dramatic ethnic transformation that has actually occurred as a result of the 1965 Act has insensibly led to acceptance of that transformation in the form of a new, multicultural vision of American society. Dominating the media and the schools, ritualistically echoed by every politician, enforced in every public institution, this orthodoxy now forbids public criticism of the new path the country has taken. We are a nation of immigrants, we tell ourselves and the subject is closed. The consequences of this code of silence are bizarre. One can listen to statesmen and philosophers agonize over the multitudinous causes of our decline, and not hear a single word about the massive immigration from the Third World and the resulting social divisions. Opponents of population growth, whose crusade began in the 1960s out of a concern about the growth rate among resident Americans and its effects on the environment and the quality of life, now studiously ignore the question of immigration, which accounts for fully half of our population growth.
This curious inhibition stems, of course, from a paralyzing fear of the charge of racism. The very manner in which the issue is framedas a matter of equal rights and the blessings of diversity on one side, versus racism on the othertends to cut off all rational discourse on the subject. One can only wonder what would happen if the proponents of open immigration allowed the issue to be discussed, not as a moralistic dichotomy, but in terms of its real consequences. Instead of saying: We believe in the equal and unlimited right of all people to immigrate to the U.S. and enrich our land with their diversity, what if they said: We believe in an immigration policy which must result in a staggering increase in our population, a revolution in our culture and way of life, and the gradual submergence of our current population by Hispanic and Caribbean and Asian peoples. Such frankness would open up an honest debate between those who favor a radical change in Americas ethnic and cultural identity and those who think this nation should preserve its way of life and its predominant, European-American character. That is the actual choiceas distinct from the theoretical choice between equality and racismthat our nation faces. But the tyranny of silence has prevented the American people from freely making that choice.
This has all changed now because at the time, immigration even based on quotas spelled disaster for the US. Today, with Obama and US State Department concentrating on allowing entrants from every third/fourth world crap hole have exacerbated the problem even more. You cannot replace an American population with one that is focused on getting onto the entitlement gravy train.
Both good articles but not the one I was looking for. Thx.
click on the keyword “aliens” above. Might show up.
No argument with that.
I am recalling that the politician who wrote this essay I am looking for might have been a Reagan democrat and as above it may have been given as a speech.
Free Republic is amazing.
That’s the one, thank you!
(Now realize Lamm was no Reagan Dem just a realist on immigration.)
That was also an amazing and prescient speech.
Be sure to also read “Camp of the Saints”.
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