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Posted on 06/02/2005 7:11:32 AM PDT by Pokey78
If you read the conservative press in the United States which in effect means the neoconservative press you will find a lot of despairing talk about the damage immigration is doing to Europe. What you are unlikely to find, however, is despairing talk about the damage immigration is doing to the United States. Thats because there is a consensus here held as strongly on the Right as on the Left that immigration is good for Americans and good for the American economy.
But thanks to the internet and the sheer weight of immigrant numbers the consensus is being challenged. Last week in Medford, Oregon, angry public reaction forced the Oregon Employment Department to remove a Mexican flag it had displayed on its wall above the American flag a serious issue in the US, where there is an elaborate flag protocol. However, state bureaucrats removed the American flag too in order not to offend, one explained.
Medford is more than 800 miles north of the Mexican border. Less than 10 per cent of its population is Hispanic, but that will grow. Mexicans are the largest single source of both legal and illegal immigration to the US. About 400,000 arrive each year. Some 20 million Mexicans, one in every five Mexicans in the world, now live in the US. The Mexican government has quite openly taken the historic decision to dump its poor on the American welfare state a phenomenon sometimes called the Mexodus and to encourage them not to assimilate.
Youre Mexicans Mexicans who live north of the border, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo told Mexican-American politicians in Dallas ten years ago. Subsequently, Mexico amended its constitution to allow Mexicans to retain their nationality after taking out US citizenship and for American-born Mexicans to regain it.
Poor, illiterate Mexicans, like most other Hispanic immigrants, dont do particularly well in the sophisticated American economy. Nor do their children. In fact, there is recent evidence that, even after four generations, fewer than 10 per cent of Mexicans have post-high-school degrees, as opposed to nearly half of non-Mexican-Americans. Basically, the US is importing a new underclass.
Even more striking, the US Census has for the first time begun to pick up the existence of individuals most, but not all, Hispanic who are American-born (and thus citizens) but who cant speak English very well. In 2000 there were 5.6 million, an increase of 40 per cent since 1990. Unmistakably, the melting pot has sprung a leak.
Mass immigration was unleashed by the 1965 Immigration Act. Before that there had been a four-decade period of virtually no immigration one of many such little-recognised pauses, stretching back into colonial times and critical to the process of assimilation. Matters were made worse after 1965 by the collapse of immigration controls on the southern border and elsewhere. (The Eisenhower administration abruptly ended a very similar illegal immigration crisis in the 1950s by deporting more than a million illegals in its now forgotten Operation Wetback.)
Because Americans of all races have brought their family size down to replacement level, the impact of this new wave of immigration is exceptional in US history. Without immigration, the Census Bureau projects, the population will stabilise somewhere around 300 million. But with current immigration it will rise by 2050 to 400 million, perhaps even 500 million.
And because the 1965 reforms instituted a perverse selection process that skewed immigration, not merely towards the unskilled but towards the Third World, the decade of 2050 is the point when American whites, 90 per cent of the population in 1960, will become a minority.
This is a demographic transformation without precedent in the history of the world. And its all being brought about by public policy. In effect, the US government is following Bertolt Brechts satirical advice to the East German communists after the 1953 riots: it is dissolving the people and electing a new one.
The amazing thing to me, as a long-time US financial journalist, is that the consensus among labour economists is that, in aggregate, this enormous influx is of no significant economic benefit to native-born Americans. This consensus has existed for more than ten years and was confirmed in the National Research Councils report The New Americans (1997). Ironically, but not unusually, the economist who played the leading role in establishing this consensus is himself an immigrant, from Cuba, Harvards George Borjas. (I, too, am an immigrant, from Britain.)
But the consensus is unmentionable in the mainstream financial press. (Ive tried.) Even the Economist magazine, which was at least aware of the NRC conclusion in its America and Immigration survey in March 2000, seems recently (21 May) to have forgotten it. The argument: immigration does increase total output Gross Domestic Product (GDP). But essentially all of that goes to the immigrants themselves in the form of wages. In other words, America is being transformed for nothing.
However and its a big however the economists consensus is that, while immigration does not increase the aggregate income of the native-born, it does cause an immense redistribution of wealth within the native-born community, basically by depressing wages. George Borjas has estimated that more than 2 per cent of GDP is redistributed from labour to capital. This by itself explains much of the American immigration debate or, more accurately, lack of it. Big political donors, like Silicon Valley and agribusiness, want cheap labour. Politicians of all parties give it to them. Both are engaged in a predatory attack on American workers. Its embarrassing, but vulgar Marxism does offer the simplest explanation.
The conclusion that immigration is not essential to economic growth has been long known across the Anglosphere. A 1991 study by the Economic Council of Canada found that doubling that countrys (very high) immigration rate would result in very small gains by 2015. A 1985 study by the Australian Committee for Economic Development found that increased immigration had no clear beneficial effect on output per capita. More recently, David Coleman and Robert Rowthorn reported in the December 2004 Population and Development Review that, for the UK, the economic consequences of large-scale immigration are mostly trivial, negative or transient.
And its not surprising. There is extensive applied economics technical literature on accounting for growth (for example, Simon Kuznetss Modern Economic Growth: Rate, Structure and Spread). It finds that increases in labour and capital together cant account for more than half, and sometimes as little as a tenth, of growth. What really matters is technological change innovation.
The economic evidence is clear: neither the US nor Europe needs immigration. It continues because it benefits powerful special interests, and because it feeds into pathological elite anti-racism on both sides of the Atlantic.
Peter Brimelow is the editor of VDARE.COM and the author of Alien Nation: Common Sense about Americas Immigration Disaster.
Very intersting and worrying article.
My one consolation on the immigration issue is that the American people are just now waking up to the problem. And politicians, prostitutes for votes that they are, will gradually get the message.
I can honestly say I've become more aware and learned more about the immigration issue in the last year than I had in my entire life up to this year. And I sense a lot of Americans are the same way.
And Democrat or Republican, a majority of Americans seem to strongly want the illegal immigration stropped. That being the case, I'm hopeful that change will gradually come. Almost certainly not in the Bush administration, but hopefully in the George Allen administration.
We on the internet need to do our part by keeping this issue out there- I enjoy the articles posted here on the subject.
We need more talented people that can make older Chevy's jump up and down at the push of a button. If we deported all the Mexican illegals we'd have a hopping automobile crisis that would destroy the country!
The author, Peter Brimelow, wrote a great book on the subject called "Alien Nation" I believe.
It's called "class warfare".
If Brimelow had lived a hundred and fifty years agor he'd have said the same things about the Irish. And a hundred years ago he'd have said the same things about the Italians and the Poles. To the extent we have an illegal immigration problem in this country and a failure on the part of immigrants to acculturate, those are symptoms of the problem, not the problem itself. The problem is the welfare state, which encourages people not to work hard while also encouraging people (e.g. people of different ethnic backgrounds) to think of themselves as victims so that they remain dependent on the welfare state. Pare back the welfare state and the multiculturism that it fosters and the only people we will have coming here are people who want to work hard and who want to become Americans.
On a related note, we also might try putting pressure on the Mexicans to change the way they govern themselves so that a bloated government that is filled with corruption doesn't stifle the economic activity that would otherwise be occurring if they had a liberalized economy.
And I was commenting on the fact that this guy is from VDARE, not on continuing a debate from another thread.
Sure. And the best way to solve the auto theft problem would be if everyone drove a twenty year old Yugo.
Considering that very fact is stated at the end of the piece
"Peter Brimelow is the editor of VDARE.COM and the author of Alien Nation...."you 'believe' correctly.
[no offense meant, just "funnin"]
I don't follow you. It's wrong in and of itself, to steal a car. It's not wrong in and of itself to want to come to the United States and work hard so that you can make a good life for you and your family. That's what my forebearers did when they came here and that's what your forebearers did too.
That is impossible with diversity, multiculturalism and political correctness!
>>The amazing thing to me, as a long-time US financial journalist, is that the consensus among labour economists is that, in aggregate, this enormous influx is of no significant economic benefit to native-born Americans . This consensus has existed for more than ten years and was confirmed in the National Research Councils report The New Americans (1997).<<
Allow me to say it before a OBL does.
The author must be a racist with views such as this!
>>The argument: immigration does increase total output Gross Domestic Product (GDP). But essentially all of that goes to the immigrants themselves in the form of wages. In other words, America is being transformed for nothing. <<
>>The conclusion that immigration is not essential to economic growth has been long known across the Anglosphere. A 1991 study by the Economic Council of Canada found that doubling that countrys (very high) immigration rate would result in very small gains by 2015. A 1985 study by the Australian Committee for Economic Development found that increased immigration had no clear beneficial effect on output per capita. More recently, David Coleman and Robert Rowthorn reported in the December 2004 Population and Development Review that, for the UK, the economic consequences of large-scale immigration are mostly trivial, negative or transient. <<
The words this author refuses to discuss are "Agenda 21" and the "New World Order".
The danger is having welfare-minded folks simply waltzing across the border for handouts. I found this quote quite disturbing:
"The Mexican government has quite openly taken the historic decision to dump its poor on the American welfare state a phenomenon sometimes called the Mexodus and to encourage them not to assimilate."
Here's the danger:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure." -Alexander Tyler (100+ yrs ago.)
It is most definitely wrong to come to this country illegally and steal the tax dollars of American citizens. If the American people choose to have public education and public health facilities that is their choice and no one has any right to steal it from them.
The answer to theft isn't to give up anything that someone might want to steal.
Immigrants from countries that haven't reached the same technical levels as we have generally take a generation or two to assimilate. Unfortunately their criminal leaders are among the first to acculturate.
The current immigration situation with Mexico has no parallel in the past - not with Ireland, not with Poland, not with Italy. Its silly to contend otherwise.
They are not stealing! Our politicians are giving our money to them with every public benefit available.
We are the idiots who continue to reelect these charitable bastards, not the illegals.
Not familiar with VDARE; it looks like an anti-immigration site.
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