The Intransigent Uninvited

Today the United States takes in annually more than twice as many immigrants as all other countries in the world put together. Many Asian countries permit no immigration at all, and openly despise foreigners. The top U.S.immigrant exporter last year, Mexico (with 95,039), is also a vigorous deporter, sending back an average of 150 Central American illegals a month, for lack of or forged documentation.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to our generous laws granting citizenship to children born on U.S. soil, as well as spouses, there is a brisk run of "tourist" visits by pregnant foreigners coming to this country to have their babies (notably, now, from Hong Kong) and picking up an American passport for them before return. Thirty percent of marriages contracted by Filipinos in the U.S. are said to be fraudulent. Last year a Mexican being escorted back to the border gave birth to a boy in the back of an INS van. That boy is an American. Forty quarters of work and he qualifies for Social Security benefits.

Further, there is the flood of foreign students entering this country, making for a third of a million such here at any given moment. Of these China is far and away in the lead with 40,000, a total doubtless surpassed after recent events in that country. Given the F-1 student visa, easily adjustable for legal status, fewer than 10 percent of that number will return to China. Finally, the asylum loophole...

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