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1984 Redux: Orwellian Illegal Immigration

August 3rd, 2014 - 8:00 pm

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When Everything Is a Lie

Everything we are told about illegal immigration is mostly a lie, and a self-serving one at that. Remember that fact, and the current debate over the border becomes comprehensible.

Fleeing to an Oppressive Society?

Most of the advocates for open borders agitate from a position of criticism of the U.S. By that I mean we rarely hear La Raza activists explain why they want amnesties for millions of illegal aliens, at least in the sense of why millions have left Mexico to risk their lives to arrive in the U.S.

What is it about America that attracts patriotic Mexican nationals to abandon their own country en masse? That is not a rhetorical question, given much of the immigration debate is couched in critiques of the U.S. The pageantry of an open-borders demonstration is usually a spectacle of Mexican flags. How odd that almost no advocate ever says, “We want amnesty so that our kinsmen have a shot, as we have had a shot, at an independent judiciary, equality under the law, the rule of law, true democracy, free speech, protection of human rights, free-market capitalism, and protection of private property. For all that, millions risk their lives.” But instead there is either nothing, or a continual critique of the U.S. If we were to take a newly arrived illegal alien, and enroll him in a typical Chicano Studies course, he would logically wish to return across the border as soon as possible.

Unemployment Is Too Low?

Do we really need millions of new workers in a supposedly worker-scarce America from Latin America? The unemployment rate in the American Southwest is still high. Floods of illegal immigrants only drive down wages in agriculture, the hospitality industry, construction, landscaping, and social services. The influx enriches employers, dumps the resulting medical, legal, educational, criminal justice, and social costs on the taxpayers, and undermines the viability of U.S. workers, many of them, for example, Mexican-Americans. If one wished to hurt American maids, nannies, gardeners, plum pickers, roofers, cooks, and janitors, one could do no worse than flooding the border with illegal immigrants. Elites benefit from cheaper entry-level wages, and then brand all others as nativists and xenophobes who object to the hypocrisies involved (e.g., so the Menlo Park techie must sigh, “Juanita is the best maid I ever had; but I had to put our Connor and Ashley into prep school because with all these immigrants coming into our area, they watered-down the AP curriculum at the local high school”).

Diversity Bad?

Likewise, racist chauvinists who destroyed immigration law call others racists. But in fact the open-borders movement is race-obsessed to the core. Its message is anti-diversity, and anti-inclusiveness. Latino activists (in the age of the Redskins controversy, how has the racist rubric La Raza continued?) have essentially hijacked U.S. immigration policy and set the following parameters: almost all illegal immigration shall come only across the southern border from Mexico and Latin America. Almost all legal immigration shall be predicated on family ties, which ensures Latinos will be privileged over all other groups, regardless of skill sets or education. If one objects that such a de facto policy is ethnocentric and does not result in ethnic, cultural, or professional diversity, then he is rendered a xenophobe. Racialists through extra-legal means have expropriated federal immigration law. It no longer exists. The losers are the Kenyan dentist, the Filipino nurse, the Estonian doctor, the South Korean architect — any who are not Latino, any who do not break U.S. immigration law, and any who have  professional degrees and skill sets to offer America. How is that not biased to ignore all notions of diversity and meritocracy in favor of using only ethnic criteria?

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The plain and simple truth that VDH touches on in the conclusion is that this is NOT about helping people from South America. It is about destroying the citizenship rights of the people in America.

When we are overwhelmed with people who suck our finances completely dry, taxes and strain on institutions will render the American people serfs. The Oligarchs and fascists in the Chamber of Commerce and the Congress and White House will establish them as the Monarchy and Nobles who will enjoy privileges in perpetuity in a new caste society like the Feudal system they have been trying to reconstruct since the days of Tocqueville.

BTW, these people are also not that bright as our Dear Leader thinks the Baron's first name is Alex?
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All of what Victor Davis Hansen says is true, except the part about the Tea Party not wanting to deport anyone. I certainly want to deport all those who have come illegally in the last five to ten years. I don't see it happening, but it would be a welcome indication of some sanity and it would be what most other civilized countries do.

The mass of lies that surround all the politics of "immigration" exist because of Republican complicity with Democrats. There is no political party representing the very simple idea that a border has a real material meaning and immigration requires full respect of American laws. The Republican Party is fully dishonest on the immigration issue just like the Democrats. This issue has been a key part of the corruption of the Republicans. Pat Buchanan in 1992 spoke at the Republican convention and honestly addressed this issue and several other problems that were incubating. The Republican Party and elites at places like National Review branded him a "nativist" and ostracized him but did not take on the substance of what he said because they were cowards and he was correct. Now, the "culture war" and the "border war" are almost lost without anyone defending either the culture of the border. Because to do so causes the Republican leaders to go into full battle mode - just like they do now with the Tea Party, and Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin.

We have two parties now that do kabuki theater and pretend to be different while building a centralized government that is converting citizens into subjects. The situation will not improve until we see the emergence of a true opposition party.
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Communist revolutionaries importing little revolutionaries. Obama and the treasonous cabal don't care about America. It is laughable that they care about the poor and " middle class".

Who do you think the border crashers are going to take jobs, police, fire, health and education resources from? The rich?

Obama and this cabal want to flood the system with Che lovers. He will plant them in neighborhoods and not tell the governors or mayors. When they wake up with a gang problem, drugs and disease...he will have the media call them racists.

Meanwhile, black employment numbers will go down. And they will scream at employers. And Obama will call "the rich" greedy and racist. Because the leftists don't care who they hurt.

They are not "liberal". They are not "compassionate". They are not populist.

That is all a front.

They are communist, totalitarian, treasonous. They are lawless and propagandist. This is an overthrow. Period.
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"Everything we are told about illegal immigration is mostly a lie, and a self-serving one at that.”

Doesn’t matter Nothing will be done. By the time people who might do something have the power and authority and will to do it, the time will have passed.
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In America, envy -- or "coveting" -- although a negative part of human nature, has, up till fairly recently, been discouraged and disapproved of, until it really became very minimal as part of our national DNA. If we felt envy, which, on the whole we don't, we'd repress it and be ashamed to admit it.

We don't realize that it just isn't discouraged in most other cultures, but rather is accepted and acknowledged.

I think we don't really understand it, which is why it surprises us, and we look for other explanations. This makes us rather naive about other people(s).

They carry the flags for their nationality, not their government. They believe their government was ripped ff and impoverished by the U.S. They criticize the U.S. because they feel that everything here -- not just the land around the border states, but the wealth -- rightfully belongs to them, because it was stolen from them -- somehow.

"Rich" America -- and all the -- who they see as "rich" -- are only rich because they stole it all from all the rest of the world (who, btw, but nevermind, didn't have any wealth to steal) -- so it has to be "taken" back.

How they came to that insane conclusion, I don't know. Nevertheless, it's what they believe. Because they want it to be, I guess.

When I was a child, there was a little boy about two or three years older than me, who lived down the street. I had better toys than he did, so he'd steal mine. When I'd cry and my mother would complain to his mother, he and his mother would yell, "Why should your child have what mine doesn't!" and they'd become threatening and frighten us.

Envy is a darkness that twists minds.

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The most frustrating part of our political "leaders" and the media is their never ending effort to lie and deceive the people. It hard to overcome opposition that uses endless lies to support their policies, even after those policies fail over and over again.
8 weeks ago
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Doc, your farm is a raisin compared to her grape plantation.
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Borchardt -
Obama and his lefty/commie cadre blame the United States for all the evils in the world. Thus, Obama started his presidency with an apology tour. I think he wants an open border to return land to people he believes the land was taken from and uses that as a basis to swell the ranks of the Dems. Your theory aside, Davy Crockett et al fought Mexicans at the Alamo in 1836, not Comanches. Wiki explains it further: "After a series of United States victories, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the two-year [Mexican-American] war. In return, for US$18,250,000, Mexico gave the U.S. undisputed control of Texas, ceded the Mexican Cession in 1848, most of which today is called the American Southwest, and Texas's borders were established at the Rio Grande."
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If you were to google immigration amnesty you would only find one country dealing with it. The US. No other country in the world allows so many people to cross it's borders illegally that every 25 years or so they have to deal with an amnesty program. If it is such a great idea, how come no one else does it? People in the US don't travel internationally very much, so they don't know that if you go to another country, you are responsible for proving that you are there legally if asked by the authorities to do so. That is not racism, it is common sense and in no country other than the US is it considered racist. I live in El Salvador and the biggest losers in this are the lines of people that daily wait in front of the US embassy to legally enter the US. It is a costly process, a visa interview costs $150 or more, and a residency interview around $500 per person, not to mention money paid to attorneys and others to prepare the endless file of documents necessary. Those people are increasingly looking like fools, because it seems the illegally entering immigrant goes to the head of the line. Our immigration policy is a fiasco, but a fiasco that is slowly gaining exposure. Obama's overreaches could lead to a majority saying this is enough and the problem then will be looked at logically. One can only hope.
8 weeks ago
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The biggest and clearest problem I see is taxation without representation. I'm paying to subsidize people from other countries. Their governments have probably failed them in some way. I don't get to vote in their elections or run for office in their countries.
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I've never gotten an answer to the question, "Why would any country want uneducated, can't speak, read or write the language and are destitute people." Even Democrats can't come up with a answer that doesn't make them look very stupid and criminally self serving and they have had a long time to think of one. Demographically the Democrats with their very low reproduction rate and abortion are through unless they can get high breeders that are stupid and will do as they are told for they're monthly dole. They need more slave like the blacks so that they can win elections even though it means the destruction of their own country and eventually their own death by those who will kill them and sell their body parts.
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Howdy Ron
For most of 200 years, the British colonies and then the young US of A wanted those immigrants. They went into entry-level jobs in factories, construction, and domestic service. Most learned the language, adopted the culture, and became Americans.
The labor market of 1880 or even 1950 is long gone. The attitude of the Italian immigrant of 1930 or the Jewish immigrant of 1925 seems to be long gone as well.
I just read a quote from Leonard Nimoy and I'll do my best with it: "My folks came here as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born here, a citizen, and I went to Hollywood and became an alien." His folks came here and became citizens, Americans. That kind of immigrant, we could do with more of. Like the boat people of Cambodia and Vietnam in the early 1970s, whose sons and daughters are generally educated and effective members of our society.
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90% of native Americans died from illness that came from Europe. I suspect, it made the western expansion possible.

In a few weeks to a few months we should know what % of current Americans are to suffer the same fate due to the Federal government committing Treason against the United States.
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I assume you're referring to Dr. Brantly's return to the US for treatment. Dr. Brantly is an American citizen and I'd rather have him home for care under proper precautions.
You may be thinking of the porous border and the fact that some people from Ebola areas have crossed the border. That's a concern, but the likelihood of an Ebola-affected person getting to Mexico and into the US is low. It isn't zero, no.
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No, I am writing about the treason not militarizing the southern US border. Do you have grandchildren MT Geoff?

If so, watch schools and Hospital fill up with small pox, H1N1, TB...

I wish Dr. Brantly the very best of luck.
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However, the risks are already high enough that many doctors are advising Americans who had their vaccinations against common infectious diseases in the '50s and '60s that they should renew their course of vaccinations beause of the increased infectious disease risk from the invasion. Somebody should tell these people that the Goths weren't just teenagers who wore black and acted stupid.
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Cheers Art.
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Dr Hanson,
You’ve noted the Orwellian similarities, but have pulled up short in commenting on the reason for the similarities.

Orwell wrote about the methods of tyranny.

Your article seems to be written from the point of view that there is a healthy debate in this country, by men and women of integrity who simply have opposing views, and that it is covered in a reasonably balanced way by the media. You write as if your audience is in a constitutional republic with liberty.

Orwell wrote about the warning signs of tyranny. Did he write about the remedies? If not, perhaps we should look to those who have in fact written about, or lived out, the remedies.
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