Another angle on the border problems:
Americans are having too few children. Our population “pyramid” is not a pyramid, which is unhealthy. It looks like a silo.
That is also true of most other developed countries. China, Japan, Russia and Europe are worse. Theirs are top heavy—wider at the top (old people) than at the bottom (young people).
One of the things that is happening with the border invasion is we are getting more young people than older. In general, we need that. What the quality of them is I do not know. They are from s***hole countries. And the s***hole countries are run by locals. The refugees are probably not as corrupt as the leaders who remain in those countries, but I am not sure of that.
I would much prefer stapling a green card to the college and advanced degrees we award to foreigners.
But I digress.
Cruz says these people are “undocumented Democrats.” Probably true. About 65% of Latino including both immigrants and their children vote Democrat. On the other hand, many existing Latino citizens are angry at the Dems about this open borders stuff. They are not worried about being accused of being racist.
Cruz is the son if immigrants. He is not a Democrat. Ditto Nunes, Rubio, Mercedes Schlapp, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Ben Domenech, John Sununu.
But predicting how people will vote long-term is difficult if not impossible. In the late 1950s, we got two new states because one was liberal and one was conservative: AK and HI in that order. They are still one liberal and one conservative, but they switched. Now, the liberal one is HI and the conservative one is AK.
So the Dems who think the illegals are undocumented Democrats may be surprised by how they vote in the future. In any event, it is neither guaranteed nor predictable how they will vote if they are allowed to vote.
We need more people and we need more young people. The illegals pouring across the Mexican border are people and they are generally young.
Remember our history. We are a nation of immigrants. And our new immigrants were often from disfavored nations. We had Yellow Peril and the Chinese Exclusion act. Now that group is suing Harvard and Yale for not letting enough of them into those colleges.
Southern Europeans and slavs were discriminated against in other American immigration laws. Here are some facts from Pew Research:
The 1790 NATURALIZATION ACT excluded non-white people from eligibility to naturalize.
Starting in 1875, a series of restrictions on immigration were enacted. They included bans on criminals, people with contagious diseases, polygamists, anarchists, beggars and importers of prostitutes. Other restrictions targeted the rising number of Asian immigrants, first limiting migration from China and later banning immigration from most Asian countries.
By the early 1900s, the nation’s predominant immigration flow shifted away from northern and western European nations and toward southern and eastern Europe. In response, laws were passed in 1921 and 1924 to try to restore earlier immigration patterns by capping total annual immigration and imposing numerical quotas based on immigrant nationality that favored northern and western European countries.
In 1965, though, a combination of political, social and geopolitical factors led to passage of the landmark Immigration and Nationality Act that created a new system favoring family reunification and skilled immigrants, rather than country quotas. The law also imposed the first limits on immigration from the Western Hemisphere. Before then, Latin Americans had been allowed to enter the U.S. without many restrictions. Since enactment of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, immigration has been dominated by people born in Asia and Latin America, rather than Europe.
My Irish ancestors were openly discriminated against when they arrived here. My Cherokee ancestors were the first immigrants (from Russia) and were treated badly in the Trail of Tears and other incidents.
Asians and Southwest Asians are now leading disproportionately in America. Latinos and other immigrants are disproportionately small business entrepreneurs—a fact that ought to scare the hell out of Dems counting on the illegals turning into guaranteed votes.
Emma Lazarus’s poem on the Statue of Liberty was a pretty good statement of our nation of immigrants nature and the negative perceptions of many in America and around the world of who was coming to our country. It worked out pretty well in spite of worries at the time.
The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch,
whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning,
and her name Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome;
her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Emma Lazarus November 2, 1883