Tuesday, December 01, 2015
All immigrants are not the same
The simple truth in my heading above seems to escape the ideologically committed libertarian mind of writer Abigail Hall. Below she writes that America should appreciate ALL immigrants. And there is an element of truth in that. America was for a long time very fortunate in how well all its immigrants settled in and made positive contributions to the national life.
But that run of luck is now at an end. Many migrants from Muslim lands, Hispanic America and Africa do NOT settle in and become like older Americans. Instead they are to varying extents hostile and parasitic sub-populations. America's Muslim population in particular are a breeding ground for terrorism. Not all Muslims are terrorists but by providing a support system in America for their foul religion, they encourage the few foolish young men and women among them who do exactly what their holy book commands: Attack non-Muslims. So we have had things like the Fort Hood shootings. America could very easily and advantageously do without its Muslims
We should be thankful for immigrants. That’s the theme of the latest op-ed from Independent Institute Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall, published on Thanksgiving in the Orange County Register. “I’m grateful for those who come here legally and for those who come here illegally,” she writes.
Hall argues that immigrant workers create several benefits. They foster job creation—with each immigrant producing about 1.2 new jobs, according to a recent study by Indiana University. They boost economic growth—such as by increasing the degree of specialization in the labor force. And immigrants reduce poverty—not only their own, but also in their country of origin when they send money to family members back home. “These remittances substantially benefit their poor families, in many cases providing more money and opportunities than foreign aid,” Hall writes.
“So when we gather with family and friends to give thanks for all we have, remember those who have recently arrived in our country,” Hall continues. “Immigrants boost our economy, create jobs and reduce poverty around the world. I’m glad they’re here.”
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).