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Toward sound immigration policy
TownHall.com ^ | Tuesday, May 21, 2002 | by Bill Murchison

Posted on 05/20/2002 11:01:10 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

That the West soon will rethink its immigration policies -- or non-policies, as the case may be -- is the clearest political and social datum on display right now.

By actions large and small, the West, post-Sept. 11, is declaring its dismay with open, porous borders. A few recent tidbits:

-- Europe's rightward political drift, expedited by the assassination of the immigration critic Pim Fortuyn and French voters' growing admiration for his counterpart -- in certain but not all respects -- Jean Le-Pen.

-- Nausea over suicide bombings that draw demented adulation in the Middle East instead of fierce condemnation.

-- A prediction by the FBI director of suicide bombings in the United States: bombings unlikely to be carried out by Appalachian mountaineers or Westchester soccer moms.

-- Dismay over revelations this week about the falsification of Social Security identities by foreigners using fake documents.

-- A recent New York Times story on the broad approval that Australians accord their prime minister, John Howard, for using the navy to round up and return Iraqi and Afghan refugees.

To which many would add anecdotal proofs: the unhappy comments often heard about language proliferation in a country -- this one -- where at least minimal command of English is supposed to be a prerequisite for citizenship.

We know what it all adds up to: The outside world is making trouble at home. The right to enjoyment of hearth and home is the human right most deeply felt in all ages, all places. Ignore it, trample on it, and resentments arise. Resentments, deeply enough embedded, commonly seek and find political answers. Friends of immigrants and immigration -- I count myself strongly among them -- must work to make sure the answers, when they come, are sensible and fair.

Where one might start is with some attempt to appreciate the viewpoint of the home folks. Commonly, among the national elite, overwhelmingly white and overwhelmingly dismissive of people who read People instead of The New Yorker -- expressions of alienation receive a haughty hand-wave. Nativism! Racism!

Yet in Rotterdam, the New York Times notes that "Rene Berkhof sometimes fears that his sons, 6 and 10, will speak Dutch with a Turkish accent. Mr. Berkhof, 38, sipping beer in a bar in the tough Delfshaven neighborhood, describes how the section, where he was born and raised, saw its Dutch population gradually displaced by Turks, Moroccans, Algerians, Surinamese, and others too exotic to name."

We're not to care? Why? The discomfort and the safety of the majority are not factors that genuine opinion leaders should brush off -- as indeed they do less frequently since Sept. 11.

No Westerner wants to be accused of racism. The civil rights movement and the fall of colonialism took care of that. But, then, race has never ceased to be a factor in human calculations. That reality requires recognition. What, then, do we in the West do to bring immigration policy to the sensible center, where it belongs -- room for more, of whatever race, but plainly not for everybody? We stress qualifications surely, matching up applicants with opportunities and needed skills. We proudly take refugees, as we always have, but without creating refugee-camp nations.

Maybe most of all we work hard for full incorporation of immigrant populations into our respective nations: the ethnic ghetto as the merest way station to the larger community. An American, for instance, is entitled to insist that English remain the tongue to which newcomers accommodate themselves as rapidly and fluently as possible.

The enemies of good immigration policy aren't immigrants. Those enemies are the "multiculturalist" thinkers of the past 30 years who didn't much like the West to start with and wouldn't be displeased to see its ways and norms disappear in a flood of Urdu or Mayan. They hate to tell anybody he must become, in certain specific ways, something other than he was born. That leaves a lot of telling to be accomplished by the rest of us.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; immigrantlist
Tuesday, May 21, 2002

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1 posted on 05/20/2002 11:01:11 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: *Immigrant_list

2 posted on 05/20/2002 11:02:36 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: JohnHuang2
Earth to Dubya:

We know what it all adds up to: The outside world is making trouble at home. The right to enjoyment of hearth and home is the human right most deeply felt in all ages, all places. Ignore it, trample on it, and resentments arise.

3 posted on 05/21/2002 12:02:42 AM PDT by Pelham
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To: Paulie;TomGuy;Regulator;Reaganwuzthebest;Fish out of Water;MarineInspector;Chaser;willyone...
ping
4 posted on 05/21/2002 1:41:20 AM PDT by FreedomFriend
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To: FreedomFriend
BTTT!!!!!
5 posted on 05/21/2002 3:15:47 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: FreedomFriend
Those enemies are the "multiculturalist" thinkers of the past 30 years who didn't much like the West to start with....

Ain't diversity wonderful.

6 posted on 05/21/2002 4:34:01 AM PDT by Brownie74
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To: JohnHuang2
Very nice post. Maybe V.P. Cheney ought to read this before he goes on national TV to tell us that another terrorist attack is..........inevitable.
7 posted on 05/21/2002 4:38:55 AM PDT by Dazedcat
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To: Dazedcat;madfly
Amen!! And when the next attack happens, the blame will be laid firmly on the Administration that did NOT adequately protect our borders and use profiling methods at international airports.
8 posted on 05/21/2002 6:25:05 AM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: DLfromthedesert
Given the fact that a few well written EO's, would cure alot of woe's until the Senate gets it's act together, the blame for the next attack rightly falls on the Bush administration.
9 posted on 05/21/2002 6:33:33 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: JohnHuang2
They've ruined their own countries, their own homelands, and now they are coming here and ruining ours. This "another terrorist attack is inevitable" talk makes me ill. It wouldn't be inevitable if they would round them all up and make them leave. Those who are interested in "family reunification" can follow their deported loved ones.
10 posted on 05/21/2002 6:41:01 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: JohnHuang2
The article starts out strong but ends wimpy.

Maybe most of all we work hard for full incorporation of immigrant populations into our respective nations

Maybe most of all we find a way to justify deportation.

Centrist "good immigration" attempts can easily be twisted into the same failures we now have as people mince words to attempt to be politically correct while 'reforming' the existing system.

And where is the issue of profiling mentioned? Have to address that too, or get trampled by leftist lawyers.

11 posted on 05/21/2002 6:49:20 AM PDT by flamefront
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... here is the kind of emergency one gets if one tries to merely 'incorporate' :
The Supreme Court there held that the harsh immigration laws passed in 1996 did not authorize the INS to imprison immigrants indefinitely after they had served their time under the criminal justice system. Attorney General Ashcroft said that the decision had caused an 'emergency situation.' According to the Attorney General, "the result of the Supreme Court's ruling is that criminal aliens will be released from detention onto the streets of America simply because their countries of origin refuse to live up to their obligations to take them back under international law."
12 posted on 05/21/2002 7:00:23 AM PDT by flamefront
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To: flamefront
Have you noticed, it's those that support immigration who are the racists? They're assuming that people of certain nationalities, working for change in their homelands, cannot make a difference. The United States taking in those willing to work hard for a living wage and those who have been trained for careers is not the way to lead those countries to reform and provide meaningful opportunities for their citizens.

Look at Mexico...it depends on its citizens going to America so they can send billions of dollars to their homelands. I respectfully suggest that Mexico and other countries figure out how to run their countries without American money, unless it's for goods they've produced and exported!

13 posted on 05/21/2002 7:00:40 AM PDT by grania
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ping
14 posted on 05/21/2002 7:21:39 AM PDT by madfly
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To: FreedomFriend
Bump!

Thanks for the ping.

15 posted on 05/21/2002 7:47:06 AM PDT by Bigg Red
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To: JohnHuang2
BTT
16 posted on 05/21/2002 7:47:26 AM PDT by Bigg Red
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To: JohnHuang2
Immigration reform is becoming a legitimate topic again, and thats a very, VERY good thing.
17 posted on 05/21/2002 7:49:40 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Sabertooth
fyi
18 posted on 05/21/2002 8:05:48 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: flamefront
How does a country refuse to take people of it's national origin back? Will they shoot them as they get off the bus?
19 posted on 05/21/2002 8:46:00 AM PDT by 4Freedom
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To: grania
And they get away with that policy unopposed because there is some notion in people's socialistically oriented minds that makes the disadvantaged (countries) automatically presumably deserve to be granted largesse from the wealthy (U.S.).

Its wrong but they continue to prattle about this reverse manifest destiny.

No, it is about time for people in the U.S. to reassert a vision of their own created and real manifest destiny that will put those backward socialist notions to rest, and not let them fester.

20 posted on 05/21/2002 10:36:18 AM PDT by flamefront
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To: 4Freedom
No. 4Freedom, free them in their own county. No need to to be fascist and shoot them. (Nice try, trolling today are we?)

Here - follow the statement above for the answer when it says "their countries of origin refuse to live up to their obligations to take them back under international law." There. That means there is a due process internationally. Someone has to enforce that that process happens and that people do not sit on their hands like today. You have heard of the failures of the INS for example, no doubt?

21 posted on 05/21/2002 10:42:47 AM PDT by flamefront
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To: JohnHuang2
For a detailed look at the role of Immigration in the future, see Immigration & The American Future.

William Flax

22 posted on 05/21/2002 2:18:07 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: JohnHuang2;firebrand;starfan;exit109;paulie;racebannon
immigration reform bump!!
23 posted on 05/21/2002 2:36:15 PM PDT by Dutchy
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To: NewAmsterdam
Europe's rightward political drift, expedited by the assassination of the immigration critic Pim Fortuyn

You think?

24 posted on 05/21/2002 2:41:21 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: Brian Allen
,,, ethniscape ping.
25 posted on 05/21/2002 2:41:38 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: JohnHuang2
1) Seal the borders. 2) Stop all immigration until stability is maintained. 3) Locate and expel all persons not eligible to be here. 4) Re-establish the program of acculturation and assimilation for all new citizenship applicants. Nuff said.
26 posted on 05/22/2002 10:16:25 PM PDT by rebelsoldier
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