Wednesday, September 26, 2007

More Mexicans means more like Mexico

John Savage of Brave New World Watch has pulled together a list of thought pieces on Fredo Arias-King's July 2006 article entitled "Immigration and Usurpation: Elites, Power, and the People's Will". Distilling the fundamental commonality that runs through all of them, we get this obvious but often unremarked upon truism:

Bringing more Mexicans into the US will make the US more like Mexico.

If I had to sum up why I hold my position on immigration restriction with a limited merit system in one sentence (assuming I couldn't use an endless supply of commas), it would be the above.

Do we want our families to have to shell out the equivalent of $650 a year in bribes, on average, just to conduct the routine business of our lives? Do we want 40% of our population to be below the poverty line? Do we want a secular unemployment rate similar to that which was suffered during the Great Depression? Do we want an average IQ in the upper eighties? Do we want drug cartels to control entire cities?

These rhetorical questions are taken to the extremes, as they describe contemporary Mexico, not the evolving US-Mexican hybrid that used to be the United States. And there are counter-arguments available, such as the asserted vibrancy of Machismo or Chicano cultures, or the humanitarian element.

These only confirm the veracity of the truism, however. So to avoid this no-win situation, open borders advocates instead turn to dehumanizing those asking the questions, and claiming that Mexican immigrants are actually more American than Americans, in doing several things better than natives (these are never quantified), like working harder (despite greater welfare use and lower earnings), raising stable families (despite higher illegitimacy rates than natives), and the like.

The illegal immigrant population in the US is moving us in the direction of an answer in the affirmative to that question-set. Shouldn't those who advocate open borders be forced to deal with questions like these, with the expectation of some riposte that goes beyond merely character assassination?

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