By Allan Wall, August 17, 2021
A recent New York Times article exemplifies the arrogant, condescending attitude of the elite Mainstream Media toward Middle America.
Decline in Immigration Threatens Growth of Regions on the Rise is the name of the article, by Miriam Jordan (August 10th, 2021).
If you want to raise your blood pressure, consult the article here .
Here’s how it begins:
“Northwest Arkansas, where the Ozark Mountains rise, used to be a sleepy corner of the state, its only claim to fame that Sam Walton opened a five-and-dime in Bentonville and the first Walmart store in nearby Rogers — outposts that became the seeds of a global retail empire. The founders of Tyson Foods and [trucking company] J.B. Hunt got their start in the same region, and a network of software companies moved in later to meet big business’s insatiable appetite for new technology.”
Did anybody ask the locals? Maybe they preferred living in “a sleepy corner”.
“But there were not enough locals to build the burgeoning economy. Answering the call to work in poultry production, trucking, construction and computer programming were legions of immigrants from El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, India and elsewhere.”
The Growth-At-Any-Cost crowd says there must be rapid growth and sprawl powered by an unending flow of immigration.
But now, says Miriam Jordan, “…the decades-long influx of immigrants that fueled such enormous expansion in places like Arkansas has begun to stall, posing challenges to the region and the country at large.”
The article briefly mentions, in passing, that not everybody in the region supports this, quoting businesswomen Debbie Eden’s complaint about immigrants undercutting wages.
Nelson Peacock, however, head of the “Northwest Arkansas Council”, says, “We have a fast-growing economy, and we are concerned about a labor shortage.”
But the article itself makes a curious admission:
“The drop [in immigration to NW Arkansas] comes as employers in the region …are also facing an intense labor shortage from the pandemic. Home builders, hospitals and technology companies are all struggling to find workers. Poultry processors have been offering higher hourly rates as well as attendance, referral and sign-on bonuses.”
So even the Times admits, in a backhanded way, that fewer workers bring wages up.
No wonder cheap labor profiteers want to bring in a glut of immigrant workers.
“Immigrants have transformed the area not just culturally, but politically as well. As of the 1990 census, Northwest Arkansas was 95 percent white. But by 2019, that figure had dropped to 72 percent, thanks to immigration.”
Wait, isn’t that a “conspiracy theory”?
“This year the General Assembly [Arkansas legislature] passed a bill to enable undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children, often known as “Dreamers,” to obtain any professional or occupational license, one of the most liberal such laws in the country.”
The article includes feel-good stories about immigrants who have done well in Northwest Arkansas.
Baaju Chepuri, for example, an Indian who arrived to Bentonville in 2008 to work as a software engineer for Walmart:
“On the drive into town from the regional airport [arriving in 2008], he felt like a city boy lost in the woods. The Indian community was minuscule. To stock up on Indian groceries, eat at Indian restaurants and watch Bollywood movies, they journeyed to Kansas City, Mo., or Tulsa, Okla.”
“This place was 20 percent of what it is today,” Mr. Chepuri said. “There was literally nothing to do.”
“Literally nothing to do”? What an arrogant statement!
Bentonville is located in the Ozarks, a picturesque region comprising northwest Arkansas, southwest Missouri, and adjoining parts of Oklahoma and Kansas.
The Ozarks region has mountains, valleys, hills, lakes, rivers, caves and historical sites; It has its own traditional culture and music, and a tourist industry based on what the region has to offer.
But for Chepuri “there was literally nothing to do.”
Don’t worry. Now there’s a sizable Indian colony there.
From 2010-2019, the Indian population of Bentonville increased 361%, along with “Indian cafes and supermarkets.”
So there’s no need for Indian immigrants to assimilate, or even to appreciate traditional Ozarks culture.
Is this the future our elitists want for every American region?
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