Friday, May 19, 2006

Illegal (?) immigration, other issues.

An 'Oh Shit!' update: Bush opposes English as a National Language
Just the one story for now.

My earlier link (here) to Jerry Pournelle's piece nudged me into checking in on his writings with more frequency. His point about the tens of millions of new citizens destroying the 'melting pot' has been verified by other observers.

He has added additional thoughts on the the problem, use the same link and just scroll down. It's scary reading!

His is not the only thoughtful voice out there sounding the alarm at what the Senate and President are trying to do. See: The Immigration Blog for more.

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Mona Charon has a column (here) that brings to light a little discussed aspect that also needs attention.

In 1970, six percent of all births in the United States were to illegal aliens. In 2002, that figure was 23 percent. In 1994, 36 percent of the births paid for by Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid, were to illegals. That figure has doubtless increased in the intervening 12 years as the rate of illegal immigration has risen.

Any child born in the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen. He or she is instantly eligible for panoply of social services, food stamps and other forms of aid. When the child reaches the age of 21, he can petition to have his parents and siblings declared permanent residents.

The so-called "anchor baby" phenomenon is a hidden trap door beneath any guest worker program, because a significant number of guest workers will have babies while in the United States and will thus elude any effort to send them home. (There are other problems with guest worker schemes: the difficulty of enforcement, the creation of permanently alienated subgroups such as Europe has created of its Muslim immigrants, and the problem of uprooting even the non-citizen children of guest workers who have spent years in the United States.)


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Additional elements are becoming visible even as the Senate continues to give birth to this monstrosity.

From Pournelle: The Senate of the United States has now voted to allow illegal immigrants to collect welfare and social security even if they have been using false documents.

The leader of the immigrant movement says they have registered 1,000,000 immigrants to vote and they will show their voting power. I had thought election fraud was a crime? Apparently no more.


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We can hope that the House will stand firm, but I doubt it.

To abuse Dan Simmons' Time Traveler story idea (here). Another future historian may well be writing about the moment the United States committed cultural suicide.

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