The Third Compartment

The Third Compartment
VIEWS\r\nThe Third Compartment\r\nImmigration and the American F\\itnre\r\nby Chilton Williamson, Jr.\r\n"Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land?\r\nAll fear, none aid you, and few understand."\r\n—Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Man"\r\nAlthough the raw figures from Census 2000 have l:)eeu in\r\nthe pubHe domain for nronths aheadv, the Ameriean pubhe's\r\nresponse to the latest deeennial surve\\ is shll not elear. For\r\npolihcians, the census has been a wakeup eall, alerhng them to\r\nthe 13 million new or potential \\oters pumped, sucked, or\r\nsnuek into the Ameriean polit\\' since 1990. for plain American\r\ncitizens, it is a fire-bell in Hie night, warning them Hiat, for the\r\npast 20 or 30 vears, their countr\\ has been the object of a foreign\r\ninvasion, and the\\' are now in danger of losing it enhreh'. The\r\nresponse of the political class to the demographic crisis, since\r\nPresident Bush floated his Mexican amnesh' proposal last summer,\r\nhas been plain for all to see. The response of the public at\r\nlarge, on the other hand, is anything but plain — one reason\r\namong man\\- \\\\h\\' die direehon and ulhmate f;ite of what Jesse\r\nJackson thinks of as the Old America is hard to foretell.\r\nOne of the most dramatic moments in one of the most\r\nprophetic e\\ents in histor\\- occurred w ithin minutes after the Titanic\r\ncollided with an iceberg off the Grand Banks of iN'cwfoundland.\r\nSunnnoncd to the bridge b\\ Captain b.dward\r\nSmidi, Mr. Thomas...

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