I’ve really been beating the drum about immigration lately, so today’s Lazy Sunday should come as no surprise. Illegal immigration is a major crisis facing the United States and Europe, and it’s one we ignore at our peril.
Indeed, even legal immigration presents a problem if left unregulated. Massive amounts of immigration leads easily to ethnic cloistering; if left unchecked, entire neighborhoods or cities can become unrecognizable.
An essential component of conservative nationalism is that a nation is made up of a people. In the old European conception, that manifests itself as the nation-state: a group of people sharing a common lineage or shared blood. Sometimes that identity is self-consciously constructed, but it still stems from the notion that a certain people and a certain land make up the nation.
The American conception of nationalism is only slightly different: the American people don’t have to share the same patrimony, but they do have to share similar values. Those values are Anglo-Saxon in origin, but they can (and must) be adopted by anyone.
As such, ethnic cloistering subverts the assimilation process, placing fundamentally alien populations in the midst of natives. That’s a recipe for conflict, as it undermines social and national cohesion.
“Nationalism” doesn’t have to be a dirty word. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a group of people wanting to have their own nation. No America should feel like a thoughtcriminal because he wants to protect his country from unregulated foreign invasion.
Some food for thought for your Sunday morning.
- “Open Borders is the Real Moral Crisis” – One of my first posts on immigration (and last week’s TBT feature), the context for this piece was the child separation policy and the faux outrage about it (notice how you never hear about this anymore?). When I wrote this piece, this issue was red-hot, and I anticipated all sorts of social justice whinging. Now that the political usefulness of child props is waning, it’s interesting to read it with fresh eyes. My basic argument is unchanged, though: we wouldn’t be dealing with child separation and the like if it we simply enforced the law.
- “The Facts on the Border Crisis” – This piece looked at the history of Texas Republic and the oft-forgotten Mexican War. Texas was a major province of Mexico. After gaining independence from Spain, the young Mexican government invited white American yanquis to settle the territory if they converted to Catholicism. When the Mexican government attempted to abolish slavery, the American settlers—many of whom came from the Deep South with their slaves in tow—balked, demanding to keep their slaves. When General Santa Anna attempted to enforce the Mexican constitution, the Texans rebelled.
The point: large, marginally-assimilated foreigners dominant in one geographic area is a recipe for disaster. Now, Mexico is doing to the Southwest what Americans did to Texas in the nineteenth century—they even call it the Reconquista.
- “Somali Shenanigans” – Case in point: the resettlement of Somali refugees and immigrants into Minneapolis has completely transformed the demographic makeup of a large neighborhood in the city. That’s also changed the politics of the State’s Democrat-Farm-Labor Party, which now caters to this largely unassimilable contingent. Indeed, they’ve now elected Ilhan Omar to Congress, a woman who allegedly married her brotherallegedly married her brother to commit immigration fraud.
- “Immigration by the Numbers” – This post details the costs, social and economic, of immigration, focusing primarily on the huge amount of American dollars sent to foreign nations as “remittances.” Remittances are funds earned in the United States and wired back to family members in an immigrant’s home country. It’s a massive business, accounting for $148 billion in total, with $30.02 billion going to Mexico (China also gets a pretty penny). That’s American wealth draining off to support other countries.
- “Deportemal” – Rounding out this week’s Lazy Sunday is a little post about the lawlessness that stems from illegal immigration. The attitude of illegals is excessively cavalier: in addition to existing in a state of persistent illegality, they leverage their “shadow” status to avoid real penalties for petty crimes. The frustration for legal citizens is palpable: we’re held to a rigid legal standard, while authorities turn a blind or helpless eye to illegal activity from illegal aliens who feel entitled to breaking the law because their home countries suck.
Illegal immigration is a frustrating assault on the lives of American citizens and the rule of law. Rather than indulge such wide-scale lawlessness, we should robustly and aggressively prosecute and deport illegals upon apprehension for any offense, from the smallest jaywalking misdemeanor to child rape and murder. If you’re caught and you’re illegal, you’re going back!
Other Lazy Sunday Installments:
- Lazy Sunday – APR Pieces
- Lazy Sunday II – Lincoln Posts
- Lazy Sunday III – Historical Moments
- Lazy Sunday IV – Christianity
- Lazy Sunday V – Progressivism, Part I
- Lazy Sunday VI – Progressivism, Part II
- Lazy Sunday VII – Deep State
- Lazy Sunday VIII – Conservatism
- Lazy Sunday IX – Economics, Part I
- Lazy Sunday X – Economics, Part II
- Lazy Sunday XI – Walls
- Lazy Sunday XII – Space