A semantic point. The point is that America has survived and prospered with every wave of immigrants, be they the Irish, Itlaians, Jews, etc.etc.
And there have always been the doomsdayers, look up the Know Nothings.
The only ones I would worry about are the ones the Europeans have to prop their bloated welfare states with, the islamofascists.
No previous wave has been rewarded with taxpayer money for being poor.
"The point is that America has survived and prospered with every wave of immigrants, be they the Irish, Itlaians, Jews, etc.etc."
There has never been an immigration wave like this in US history. I guess we'll see how it will change the country.
That's just the point - they were waves - as in a one time shot. After a few generations, with no ongoing support, they assimilated and became Americans. Most of them wanted to anyways.
The current situation is not a wave but an ongoing and increasing flood. Instead of ghettos forming for a generation or two and then dissolving, they now get constant reinforcements and harden into Third World barrios. The fact that our government panders to them with native language ballots, etc. only insures that they not only take longer to assimilate, in many cases they never do.
The other difference is that a lot of these illegals don't want to become Americans, just live like them. Check out all the Mexican flags/decals on their uninsured heaps.