- November 6, 2017
Open Immigration Serves the Democrats
The United States of America, the Land of the Free, is, speaking freely and plainly, a nation of immigrants who subjugated the indigenous people. Columbus Day protests remind us to honor Native Americans since the rest of us came from elsewhere.
Since the mid-1700s, North America has been a popular destination for the poor, the adventurous, criminals, and those seeking religious tolerance.
The United States was termed a “melting pot” and welcomed new arrivals from around the globe. The French knew what they were doing when they delivered the Statue of Liberty for installation in the New York City harbor with an inscribed quote from the Emma Lazarus sonnet titled “New Colossus:”
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free.”
Of course, assimilating into the native culture wasn’t always smooth and easy. Rival gangs of Italians and Irish became legend in big cities like New York during the late 1940s and 1950s.
Well before then, in a statement to the Kansas City Star in 1918, President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or to leave the country,” In a letter Teddy wrote to the president of the American Defense Society on January 3, 1919 he opined famously:
“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else…There can be no divided allegiance here…we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
The question before us today is: Are Democrats pro-immigration only to get more power by increasing their voter base?
This query pre-supposes that immigrants, once legalized, join the Democratic Party. There is, in fact, evidence to support this theory.
In a 2012 study of 2,900 foreign-born, naturalized immigrants, there were about 62% Democrats, 25% Republicans, and 13% Independents.
Author James Gimpel, a University of Maryland professor, examined recent and future immigrants, and published his findings from the Center for Immigration Studies, as reported by Byron York in a Washington Examiner article of April 15, 2014. Gimpel’s bottom line is that immigrants tend to vote Democratic.
It looks like “unauthorized” (illegal) immigrants are pre-disposed toward becoming Democrats even before naturalization. A 2012 Pew Research Center National Survey of Latinos found that 31% of illegal Latino immigrants are Democrats as compared to 4% Republicans. (An additional 33% say they are political independents, 16% mention some other political party and 15% say they “don’t know” or refuse to answer the question.)
Since the Democratic Party has swung even further to the left toward socialism, it comes as no surprise that they want to pardon illegal immigrants through initiatives like 2010’s DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a Dream Act that would have allowed illegal immigrants who arrived as children before graduating from high school or the equivalent to apply for citizenship, as long as they had resided in the country for at least five years.
The House passed DACA, but five moderate Democrats in the Senate voted against it. One of them, Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), said in Dec. 2010:
“Illegal immigration is a critical problem facing our country, but amnesty is not the solution…I do not support legislation that provides a path to citizenship for anyone in this country illegally.”
One thing is for sure: Democrats have stopped disagreeing among themselves about the merits of immigration, debating whether immigrants take jobs with low educational requirements from U.S. citizens versus the gains from multi-culturalism and a more youthful workforce.
Democrats now endorse immigration categorically – either through the legal process of studying and applying for citizenship, or by granting amnesty to illegals already in the U.S.
In February 2017, a mere 8% of Democrats polled by Pew Research were in favor of “building a wall along the entire border with Mexico.” Compare this with 2010, when a Fox News poll announced that 46% of Democrats were in favor of “building a wall or security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration.” Before that, in 2006, a majority of Senate Democrats voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act which would have authorized a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Of course, since President Trump came out for building The Wall, this solution to illegal immigration has become unpopular among Democrats.
Building the wall between Mexico and the United States to prevent illegal entry or exit
Certainly, if the Democratic Party thought that immigrants became conservative Republicans, its official stance would turn, about face, and oppose the entry of foreigners into the U.S. But this is not the case.
Why do immigrants lean toward the Democratic Party? Could it be because the U.S. is the largest, richest Welfare Nation in the world?
Could those “tired, poor, huddled masses” want to get federal and state aid for themselves and their children, regardless of the fact that they literally displace others perhaps more worthy of such benefits inasmuch as they pay taxes and vote legally?
In contrast, Canada has virtually no public welfare because they don’t want to reward non-productivity, including among the recently-arrived.
Instead of open immigration policies, Australia and New Zealand have merit-based systems with points given for age, education, and personal wealth – in other words, assets that would benefit the host country.
Looking at the militant Muslim invasion currently underway in Europe, now Americans can add the threat of admitting North African terrorists into the U.S. as a by-product of a too-lenient immigration policy and process.
Is it time to reconsider Teddy Roosevelt’s opinion about assimilation as a requirement of U.S. citizenship? Or are you prepared to assimilate Sharia Law?