Ann Coulter is Right About Immigration
In her widely viewed interview with Fusion host Jorge Ramos (Fusion is Univision’s first push into English language programming), Ann Coulter berated Ramos continuously throughout the interview on various topics related to the immigration problem America faces. In one segment Ramos tells her that “the percentage of foreign born population in the 1900s was 13.6%…right now [it is] 13%.” However, Coulter was quick to point out, in essence, that not all immigrants are created equal. According to Coulter, “it is a fact that the immigrants before 1970 were more likely to graduate from college, more likely to make more money, less likely to be on welfare, more likely to own their own homes. Post 1970 [these stats were flipped] upside down.”
Ann is referring to the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 which was born of the Civil Rights movement where the immigration policies of the day were viewed as racist or unequal. America’s immigration policy prior to this time was based on the national-origins quota system which assigned each nationality a proportion of immigration allowances based on past US census figures.
In place of the national-origins policy, the Act now provided (or tried to provide) preferences made to relatives of those living in the States, those with skills deemed useful, or refugees of violence or unrest. This changed the face of immigration to America significantly. A flux of immigrants, mostly poor and with little education, flooded the United States. Within three decades following the Act, the amount of immigrants TRIPLED that of the 30 years prior to 1965. In the 1950s, more than half of all immigrants were Europeans, by the 1990s only 16 percent were of European descent. Meanwhile the percentages of Latino and African immigrants jumped significantly. In the 30 years after the passage of the Immigration and Naturalization Act the highest number of immigrants (non-illegal) came from Mexico – 4.3 million. In fact, Barack Obama himself, whose Kenyan father was allowed into the US due to the immigration policies enacted in 1965, is a beneficiary of its allowances.
While very few dispute that immigration can (and should) be a good thing that can bring value to the American way (think Albert Einstein), the fact remains, that the immigration demographic since 1965 affects the American economy and way of life the way the pre-1965 demographic did. With the influx of poor, 3rd world immigrants, the best argument that can be made about immigration is now we have all these helping hands that do the dirty work that Americans “refuse” to do. So instead of Albert Einstein we get Heavy Labor Day Worker X.
The argument that America couldn’t fill those heavy labor jobs with its own workforce and employment incentive is bogus, but I digress. Perhaps its time we started asking ourselves the question: “Why do we allow immigration and to what end?” I am NOT against immigration and I don’t think we would even be having this conversation were it not for the monster our useless immigration policy has created since 1970. The truth of the matter is (and as Coulter pointed out) is that we have brought in a wave of low income, low skill, low education groups from the Third world and have allowed the same demographic to come here illegally as well.
Does America have the responsibility to accept groups like those mentioned above? Absolutely not. We should welcome anyone to this country who comes with something to add, not take away (such as our culture, government handouts, and jobs). Ann Coulter said it how it is and on this point, she is right. Let’s refocus on the purpose of why immigration is important to the American way. Many regular American’s (even those with Hispanic background!) believe that immigrants can and will continue to make America great. Liberal policies bent on making immigration “equal” have caused a massive oversight of why we allow immigration in the first place and a return to the original policies may need a second look.
You can watch the video clip mentioned above of Ann Coulter’s exchange with Jorge Ramos here.