Completed: 29 September 2015
Summary & Review:
Immigration is the single most important issue facing America today. But, despite its importance, there are never honest conversations about it. When anyone brings up their opposition to mass third world immigration, accusations of racism are rapidly thrown out and discussion is shouted down. Despite this, Ann Coulter delves into the untouchable subject with her usual mix of humor and wit—and a ton of citations and facts (nearly one hundred pages of them).
Coulter’s position is simple: we need a complete moratorium on immigration and we need it immediately. No halfway, namby-pamby solution will fix the problem. Yes, she means a moratorium on illegal and legal immigration. By the time she presents this solution, she has thoroughly deconstructed the myths that surround immigration and laid bare the facts.
I’ve been in favor of immigration restriction for a long time. People make a culture and a culture makes a nation, so if you change the people you will change the nation. It’s inevitable. Now I’m sure some people don’t see that as a bad thing, or maybe feel like we have a duty let in any impoverished person that wants in, and therefore favor immigration. To me, however, for America to be able to do good in the world America has to exist. With mass immigration of cultures that are not compatible with American culture you are bound to lose the country and the ability to help in the world.
We are not a “nation of immigrations” as we’re so often told. We are, or at least were, a nation founded by incredibly homogenous people with the same language, religion, and culture. I was born here, my parents were, too, as were my grandparents, great grandparents, and great-great grandparents. On one line of my family tree I traced I had to go back to 1740 to find an ancestor who wasn’t American born (and they were born in, big surprise, England). The majority of Americans have similar family histories. Does that really sound like we’re all immigrants? Not to me.
I agree with Coulter that we need a complete moratorium on immigration, a breather, if you will. I’d say for at least ten years. Give the country time to assimilate and incorporate into the nation all the new people who have come to America in the past several decades. Then, we can reopen legal immigration but we should change our criteria for who enters, namely no more family reunification except for spouses and dependent, minor children, and no more H1Bs. And of course, no more birth right citizenship. That’s just insane. We should be able to choose, and be very choosey about, who becomes fellow citizens in our nation and our government should put the needs of the American people first.