Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

A Debate About Immigration

February 17, 2022

A very smart friend wrote the following to me (in bold). My rejoinder (in normal print) follows each of his, or her statements.
The easiest way to drastically reduce the number of illegal aliens is to make legal immigration easier.
This idea is very similar to another radical liberal idea. The easiest way to reduce illegal behavior is to make the behavior legal. This is a disastrous Idea. Immigration should be based upon this Nation’s basic needs for talent. Race should not be a factor. Considerations of talent and this Nation’s needs for particular forms of talent should be the primary consideration in our setting quotas and accepting legal immigrants. Exactly where the recruited Legal Immigrants come from, or what their skin color should not, and need not, be a consideration.
But I suspect that it isn’t the “illegal” part that is troublesome, it’s the immigrant part — we were all immigrants at one point — but now that we have arrived, we wish to deprive others of the opportunities that we enjoy.
It is plain to see that there are bigots in every race. But, the idea that the anger over illegal immigration is because, in general, Americans have animosity for legal immigrants and want to deprive them of opportunity is preposterous. I hope you will rethink this particular point. The majority of Americans are gravely concerned because they understand that no socioculture can sustain an endless flood of illegal aliens invading its borders.
America isn’t defined by borders or a population — it’s an idea. The idea that all people are endowed by the creator with inalienable rights, and that anyone can rise through the class system with the right talents and motivation.
America is an idea and a magnificent one, like no other on planet earth. But it does have borders and borders are essential to its continued existence. Other Nations may imitate us, if they choose. But, from a psychological perspective, individuals cannot retain their personal identities and function as an integrated and unique whole, without having and defending their personal boundaries–and so it is with the culture we call America.
If our native-born citizens have the talents and motivation, then they will be able to out-compete all immigrants. If the immigrants have the talent and motivation, then they deserve the American dream more than our native-born citizens do.
I am with you on this one! This has ever been so in America and that is an important (though certainly not the only) source our strength and vitality.
We must recruit, exclusively through legal immigration, the various talents this Nation’s needs, at any point in our evolution, and then provide everyone (so far as it is possible to do so) with the upward social and economic opportunities that have been the hallmark of America.
Our government’s job has always been, and must continue to be, to ensure equal opportunity among its legal citizens. We will destroy ourselves if we attempt to provide equal opportunity to anyone who illegally invades our borders. Just as we will destroy ourselves if we attempt to provide equal outcomes for all.
V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D. 5/13/10

“The American Trinity: PragerU

December 11, 2020

“The American Trinity: PragerU

PragerU has provided a 5 minute video that clearly explains why, until recently, America truly achieved a land wonderfully closer to “equal-opportunity-for-all”, than any other modern socioculture on earth. 

Enjoy, and learn the truth about America’s great historical achievement; that must be regained!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 12/11/20

“Illegal” Immigration is our fault!

November 18, 2016

“Illegal” Immigration is our fault!

Illegal Immigration has been going on at a high rate for a very long time; at least back to the Reagan Administration and perhaps before.

If I lived in a poor, crime-ridden, corrupt country like Mexico and a nearby a very rich country did not close its borders effectively and also provided free education, medical care, welfare support, and work opportunities to anyone who could cross their border, what would I do?!

What would you do?!

The truth is that I would be a coward not to do my best to gain access to all of the opportunities and riches that are not available in my own country. I would be a coward not to take the risks necessary to improve my life and that of all of my loved ones back home.

I am aware of “illegal” immigrants working very hard at low paying jobs, even two jobs at a time; walking or riding bikes to get to work in order to improve their lives and to send money back to their poor families of origin, still living in relative poverty.

Though many have died trying, if I were trapped in such a choice situation, I hope that I would have the courage to flee to the open border nation of great opportunities.

I know a man who did have the courage to flee Mexico and come to America. He married an American, they both worked very hard for years and saved their money. Some of his earnings were sent back to his mother in Mexico. They had two lovely children and he earned the love and respect of is wife’s very large extended American family. This man is a now a devoted and loving father to their two beautiful young children. He still works two jobs and his wife is advancing her own career. Recently they purchased a small home and were saving their money to make some small improvements to their property.

They are now very fearful that they will “lose it all”, should President Trump decide to do massive deportations of all “illegal” immigrants.

I have come to know this man well and I have great respect and affection for him and his family.

In spite of this, I felt duty-bound to vote for Donald Trump. I did so because he is the first candidate that had the courage to make closing America’s borders a top priority in his Presidency. I did this convinced that without a defendable border, and the will to defend it,  America will be soon be overwhelmed and destroyed. How could any intelligent American believe otherwise?

My dear friend is an “Illegal” Immigrant. I have placed apostrophes around the word illegal, to show that it is not an accurate description of his and other “illegal” immigrant’s status in America.

To put it bluntly: A law unenforced, is not a law!

We must now make our border “laws”, real laws!

The American Electorate and their representatives have been guilty of failing to enforce critically important immigration “laws” for decades. We are responsible for not enforcing our own closed borders, and we have had many chances to make this a major issue in our electoral processes.

We have failed for a long very time in this responsibility until the 2016 Presidential Election.

Here is what must be done as soon as it is humanly possible:

  1. Close and defend America’s borders.
  2. Temporarily jail and deport all “illegal” immigrants who are criminals, drug addicted, or in gangs that conduct illegal activities.
  3. Deport “illegal” immigrants who have remained on American welfare support for longer than a reasonable interval of time (3 yrs.?).
  4. Deport all Criminals who are now in our jails and prisons (why should American tax payers fund their incarceration?). Yes, we were responsible for their immigration to America, but we were not responsible for their criminal behavior.

All of these deportations should begin when increase border security is achieved.

What about my Mexican friend, the beloved husband, father, and now an outstanding member of a large extended American family?

I believe that all “illegal” immigrants who remain, following the purge of those listed above, should be given a path to citizenship. First, they should be carefully vetted for suitability. Then the path should, at a minimum, involve the passing of classes about American history, our form of governance, and what traditionally has been called civics. They should learn to speak and write our language and they should swear allegiance to the United States of America.

Finally, until they are able to qualify for American citizenship, “illegal” immigrants should be deported if they are convicted of any serious crimes.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 11/18/16

Socialism Fails Again: And Now It’s Failing Here!

September 17, 2016

Socialism Fails: And Now It’s Failing Here!

So what is the big surprise?

Governments do not have any money! Unless, that is, they confiscate it from someone else. They can do this through imperialistic conquests of other nations, they can sell their precious and finite supply of natural resources, or they can tax their citizens.

Please take a close look (below) at what is happening to Venezuela, not long ago a bright shining beacon of Socialism.

America is well on its way to a similar disaster. When America’s corrupt government continues to run-up trillions upon trillions of dollars of debt, when it’s onerous taxes forces our businesses locate in other nations and then it over-taxes the so-called “rich” and middle class in order to give “entitlements” away to those who do not work it is self-destructive. When, in addition, it purposefully allows millions of unskilled and uneducated illegal immigrants to flood across our borders and also welcomes hundreds of thousands legal Muslims from the Middle East, the like of which are destroying Europe as we watch………


Those who vote for socialists in our Presidential election and beyond should know that something similar to the following is what we and our loved ones are in-for.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 9/17/16

“Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs”

May 25, 2016

“Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs”

Thanks to Vic Palenske for sending this to me.

See America’s “Good Samaritan” delusional thinking and self-destructive policies on immigration.

When it comes to immigration, among many other neo-conservative and radical-liberal/progressive  policies, America is nuts!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 5/25/16

The “Demographic Head Wind”: Dysgenics In America

February 13, 2012

The “Demographic Head Wind”: Dysgenics In America

In this entry you will find two mountainous ideas that I have been wrestling with for many years. I challenge you to think your way through the following  two disparate sources of information to see their vexing connection.

I have come to fear that ascendant cultures fall into decline because no matter what the form of political/religious/social system, all have their inevitable weaknesses to break-down. I fear that each strength has its own seeds of destruction within.

America’s Constitutional defense against the weaknesses of the simple democracy, brilliant as it was, is now showing its own weaknesses to failure under the forces of  post-modernity. The Left is now trying to circumvent our Constitution, but the Constitution, as it traditionally has stood, has no defence against its allied forces that are now presented in R. Herrnstein and C. Murray’s (The Bell Curve, 1994) Chapter on The Demography of Intelligence.

Our Constitution has not been able to protect us from the past and current politics of abortion, which is closely linked to the matter of dysgenics discussed by Herrnstein and Murray.

I see no way to resolve this fearsome puzzle. The freedoms afforded by America’s traditional Constitutional Republic do not appear in this time, to only make matters worse. Also, a return to autocratic forms of government will never work for a plethora of well-known reasons.

Perhaps you can find the answer! If so please reveal your thoughts in my comments section, or email me directly.

Put your “thinking cap” on!

First is an extensive quote, comprising the first 4 paragraphs of Herrnstien and Murray’s Chapter 15, The Demography of Intelligence.

When people die, they are not replaced one for one by babies who will develop identical I.Qs. If the new babies grow up to have systematically higher or lower I.Q.s than the people who die, the national distribution of intelligence changes. Mounting evidence indicates that demographic trends are exerting downward pressure on the distribution of cognitive ability in the United States and that the pressures are strong enough to have social consequences.

Throughout the West, modernization has brought falling birth rates. The rates fall faster for educated women than the uneducated.  Because education is so closely linked with cognitive  ability, this tends to produce a dysgenic effect, or a downward shift in the ability distribution. Furthermore, education leads women to have their babies later—-which alone  also produces additional dysgenic pressures. [ I believe that the authors are referring to the well-documented increase in birth defects associated with births to older women, VTM].

The professional consensus is that the United States has experienced dysgenic pressures throughout either most of the century (the optimists) or all of the century (the pessimists). Women of all races and ethic groups follow this pattern in similar fashion. There is  some evidence that blacks and Latinos are experiencing even more severe dysgenic pressures than whites, which could lead to further divergence between whites and other groups in future generations.

The rules that currently govern immigration provide the other major source of dysgenic pressure. It appears that the mean I.Q. of immigrants in the 1980s  works out to about 95. [100 is average, VTM]. The low I.Q. may not be a problem; in the past, immigrants have sometimes shown large increases on such measures. But other evidence indicates that the self-selection process that used to attract the classic American immigrant—brave, hard working, imaginative, self-starting, and often high I.Q.—has been changing, and with it the nature of some of the immigrant population.

Putting the pieces together, something worth worrying about is happening to the cognitive capital of the country. Improved health, education, and childhood interventions may hide the demographic effects, but that does not reduce their importance. Whatever good things we can accomplish with changes in the environment would be that much more effective if they did not have to fight a demographic headwind.

End of Herrnstein and Murray quote.

With this information about the mechanisms of dysgenics in mind, please now consider Michele Malkin’s observations regarding the Abortion and Right to Life issues that are playing out in America today.

I ask you for your solution to this Gordian’s Knot of a delema.

V. T. Mawhinney, 2/13/12

The Conquest Of America by Illegal Destructive Immigration

May 16, 2011

The Conquest Of America by Illegal Destructive Immigration

The following article goes to the heart of one of the most constructive and destructive forces in cultural evolution. With respect to modern America, as well the rest of Western Culture, self-destruction will be our legacy.

The following article by Michael Barone is spot-on.

Obama is looking to gather new Hyspanic votes to increase his game-plan of transforming our culture into the Socialist Republic of America.

VTM, 5/16/11

Barack Obama’s immigration speech in El Paso May 10 was an exercise in electioneering and hypocrisy. Hypocrisy because while Obama complained about “politicians” blocking comprehensive immigration bills, he was one of them himself.

In 2007, when such a bill was backed by a lame duck Republican president and had bipartisan backing from Senate heavyweights Edward Kennedy and Jon Kyl, Sen. Obama voted for union-backed amendments that Kennedy and Kyl opposed as bill-killers.

In 2009 and 2010, President Obama acquiesced in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to pass cap-and-trade and bypass immigration and in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision not to bring an immigration bill to the floor.

Both times the votes were probably there to pass a bill. Obama did not lift a finger to help.

But that did not stop the president who is constantly calling for civility to heap scorn on those who seek stronger enforcement. “They’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat,” he said to laughter from the largely Latino audience. “Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied.”

Was that on the teleprompter, or was it ad-libbed? In either case, Obama was showing his contempt for those who bitterly cling to the idea that the law should be enforced.

That’s no way to assemble the bipartisan coalition necessary to pass an immigration bill.

It’s obvious that nothing like the legalization (opponents say “amnesty”) provisions considered in 2007 can pass in this Congress. They can never pass the Republican House, where Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith is a longstanding opponent and Speaker John Boehner will not schedule a bill not approved in committee.

Nor will this Congress pass the most attractive proposal Obama mentioned, the Dream Act, providing a path to legalization for those brought in illegally as children who enroll in college or serve in the military. That failed last December in a more Democratic Senate and won’t pass now.

Some new approach is needed, and Obama did little to point the way. One idea, advanced by a bipartisan Brookings Institution panel, is a bill that would strengthen enforcement and would shift the U.S. away from low-skill and toward high-skill immigration.

Canada and Australia have done this to their great benefit. And with a sluggish economy it makes little sense, as current law does, to give preference to low-skill siblings of minimum wage workers rather than to engineering and science Ph.D.s. We need more job creators, not more job seekers.

Tags: Politics , Illegal Immigration , Barack Obama
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If By decency and Propriety They Merit It!

August 27, 2010

If By decency and Propriety They Merit It!

The following quote is taken from an article on the original intent of 14th Amendment written by Mark Alexander, publisher of the Patriot Post.

The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” –George Washington

This quote demonstrates how far from original intentions we have come in our thinking about immigration in America. Our boundaries must remain sacrosanct and open to only those who will be a mutual benefit to all of us and all of them. Selection criteria must be reevaluated regularly in light of this nations current needs for quality citizens and these criteria must be enforced.

I understand that the idea of setting criteria and enforcing rules is an anathema to the modern sensitivities of the political left. But no competitive, in any realm of competition–small or large–can prevail without them.

If George Washington could speak to us today, I believe he would be outraged at America’s management of immigration.

What do you think?


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