Polemics & Exchanges

On Stopping the Flow

Having read Steven Greenhut’s editorial in the June issue (American Proscenium), I must ask: Why is Mr. Greenhut not against all immigration?  In order to be consistent with the general tenor of his article, he should be totally against any kind of immigration right now, as am I.  I often hear people say that they are for legal immigration, as if to say, “Hey! I am really a nice guy, even if I haven’t thought the whole thing through.”  How is assimilation ever going to be accomplished if immigration is not ground to a screeching halt at once?  America had a big influx of immigrants around the start of the 20th century, stopped it pretty much until after World War I, took in some more, and then halted it for about 60 years, while everyone became good Americans.

By the way, we are not a nation of immigrants, which is the big lie that our leaders keep telling us, but we are colonizers, settling a huge and wild country.  Probably 85 or 90 percent of Americans were born here, so there are not really that many immigrants, compared with the general population.  That base canard should stop being promulgated.

        —Peter Meis
Tucson, Arizona

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