Monday, July 10, 2006

Illegal Immigration: A Reasoned Argument

Today's Opinion Journal features a long editorial on the immigration issue. Regular readers will not be surprised that I found it compelling. Before you dismiss the piece as just another bleat from those open-borders folks at the Journal, I invite you to read it. An excerpt:

By far the largest concern we hear on the right concerns culture, especially the worry that the current Hispanic influx is so large it can resist the American genius for assimilation. Hispanics now comprise nearly a third of the population in California and Texas, the country's two biggest states, and cultural assimilation does matter.

This is where the political left does the cause of immigration no good in pursuing a separatist agenda. When such groups as La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund push for multiculturalism, bilingual education, foreign language ballots, racial quotas and the like, they undermine support for immigration among even the most open-minded Americans. Most Americans don't want to replicate the Bosnia model; nor are they pining for a U.S. version of the Quebec sovereignty movement. President Bush has been right to assert that immigrants must adopt U.S. norms, and we only wish more figures on the political left would say the same.
Read the whole thing.


Blogger Harold C. Hutchison said...

I'd argue a lot of the assimilation has happened, and not just with Hispanics. In my area, Mexican restaurants like Chipolte, Taco Bell, and Anita's are all readily accesible. Also, within a very short drive of where I live, there are probably no fewer than four Chinese restaurants.

And how exactly does one define "cultural assimilation"? What exactly is American culture? 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006 5:01:00 AM  

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