By Rick Oltman, December 1, 2017
Radio talk show host, Dennis Prager, has penned a pieced called, “If It Damages America, It’s Good for Democrats.” He lists several areas of American life: marriage, race, victims, dependency, and immigration. And while I wouldn’t limit the discussion to one political party, he certainly has nailed it regarding immigration.
The more a Latino assimilates into American society, the more likely he or she is to vote Republican. On the other hand, the more Latinos continue to identify with the country they or their parents fled, the more likely they are to vote Democrat.
Thus, Democrats and the rest of the Left have engaged in two massive undertaking for decades: one has been to label Republicans “nativist,” “anti-Hispanic,” “xenophobic” and “anti-immigrant.” The other has been to promote “multiculturalism,” the anti-assimilation doctrine that cultivates ethnic identity over American identity.
Democrats repeatedly assert that America is “a nation of immigrants.” This is undeniable. But there is a big difference today. In the past, nearly all immigrants sought to become American and to shed their previous national or ethnic identity. Today, many, perhaps a majority of, immigrants from Latin America do not have that goal. They come primarily or exclusively for economic benefits (and no one should blame them for doing so). Meanwhile, under cover of “multiculturalism,” Democrats and the rest of the Left cultivate these immigrants’ Latin American identities, knowing that the more American an immigrant feels, the less likely he or she is to vote Democrat.
Over the years, the immigration reform movement has benefited from the self-sacrificing efforts of Americans from across the political spectrum. Environmentalists, constitutional conservatives and liberals (the traditional definition) who have accurately foreseen the inevitable effect on our nation of mass, nearly unregulated, legal and illegal immigration have worked to get our laws enforced to prevent further damage to our country.
When it comes to not enforcing our immigration laws, we can simply ask, “Cui Bono?” Who benefits?
Certainly the many who want new customers, cheap labor and votes are at the head of the list of those working to obstruct our efforts to enforce our laws. But there are those who want to see American politically and culturally weakened.
As the political debate about immigration policy intensifies in the months ahead, the discussion is likely to get quite ugly. During that debate, our elected officials need to know that Americans want the law enforced. Regardless of political parties, that message can’t be reiterated too many times.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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