North America and Europe are increasingly rattled by immigration now; it is proving troublesome and neither has yet devised any solution to the resulting problems. Primarily, this represents political decadence and a retreat from reality.
All Immigrants are first, emigrants; they have departed somewhere else. Primitives left their traditional homes over disease, drought, invaders, expanding populations and other reasons. Small numbers occur regularly; masses cause trouble. Europe’s largely Moslem immigrants are fleeing for both physical safety and economic security, neither being available in much of the neighboring areas. North America’s are primarily economic arrivals from Latin America and Asia, though Moslem refugees are increasing.
As usual, these peoples have been largely unnoticed until their locally born progeny have become adult without fully assimilating. Once such populations reach sufficient size, they begin to exert political power that threatens the natives by demanding changes to accommodate differences. Things tend downhill from there, until one or the other prevails politically and economically.
In North America, European immigrants prevailed upon more primitive Indians. Now, descendants of Hispano-Indians are reversing the tale. That is no new thing. The United States has rounded up and shipped out large numbers of Spanish-speaking foreigners on previous occasions, most recently when returning soldiers needed post WWII jobs.
But attitudes have changed. Folk following the belief that North America is a lot better place to live than their current home are plentiful as usual; U.S. attitudes are new.
Once, Americans set strict immigration quotas and enforced them. Now there is an attitude that American troops fighting wars should not shoot the enemy if civilians might be hurt. Given the realities of war, that is absolutely unrealistic; it simply produces enemies shooting from the midst of civilians with American soldiers unable to defend themselves. And the same mindset opens the U.S. border to illegal aliens, especially young ones. Never mind that these inevitably end receiving welfare, healthcare and free education at public expense on a large scale.
The reality differs: The present U.S. population cannot afford its current spending even without the extra load of immigrants. The present population is culturally/politically divided enough to worry those concerned for political stability without the addition of alien cultures and languages in large numbers. And the pressure on wages and therefore, upon the standard of living, increases with the numbers of low-wage immigrants.
Economically, it seems obvious that the numbers of alien immigrants must be limited if the United States is to remain anything near what it has been. The country faces no frontier, but maturity. It cannot solve the world’s problems; it is unclear that it will resolve its own. But the political will to face that seems lacking while big political donors benefit from cheap labor and new voters. The situation seems parallel in Europe, compounded by Moslem intransigence.
Columnist Phyllis Schlafly has said that America is at a “do or die” point considering illegal alien amnesty proposals from presidential candidates. We tend to worry more about Congressfolk than about presidents in this, but her point does not seem wrong. The real question though, seems to be: Does anyone but some large political donors, really care?