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Perspective

A Not So Wonderful Life

"To us your good Samaritan was a fool to risk
the security of his family to help a stranger."

—Joey Tai in Michael Cimino's
Year of the Dragon

It has been more than a year since we put out the March 1989 number of Chronicles, "A Nation of Immigrants," in which it was suggested that the United States had a political and cultural interest in regaining control over its borders. By now everyone must be tired of reading about the controversy that ensued, but I shall make one last effort to explain our intentions, then and now. The best way to accomplish this will be to answer a number of questions that have been raised by our critics.

If you read only the mercenary press, by which I mean editorial columns and "opinion magazines," our discussion of immigration exiled us forever from the delightful company of really important people. Actually, the response was varied, ranging from enthusiasm: "I'm glad someone had the guts to tackle this subject honestly and without hysteria," to polite disagreement: "I think you are wrong, but I don't see what all the fuss is about—most people are wrong most of the time," to a gleeful Aha!: "I always knew you were a bigot, and at last 1 have the evidence." Most of our readers, if I can judge from letters and telephone calls, sympathized...

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