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Monday, September 11, 2006

Benefits?

The blog "Threatswatch" has a silly piece of tripe up today just filled with sunlight and kittens. Not to mention some whopper assertions that they don't bother to back up in any meaningful way.

It begins...
Americans frustrated with their own immigration problems might find little comfort in knowing that it could be much worse, but it could be. *snip*
Now we get to the comedy portion of the program...
There are two aspects to the problem. One, in the U.S., illegal immigration brings benefits as well as costs. There are the problems of greater social fragmentation and crime, but many illegals hold productive jobs and even pay taxes. In Europe, by contrast, it is almost entirely negative, for there are no jobs to be filled and unemployment is high among both native-born citizens and legal immigrants. Whereas most immigrants come to America from a different branch of Western civilization, and so are more easily assimilated, most immigrants to continental Europe are from Africa, and they will populate communities in France, Spain and elsewhere in which there is no work, no future and no avenue for advancement.
Let's break these out and examine these assertions seperately, shall we?

1.) in the U.S., illegal immigration brings benefits as well as costs.

I would answer this with a question, oh yeah, name one benefit? Costs I see, benefits not so much.

2.) There are the problems of greater social fragmentation and crime, but many illegals hold productive jobs and even pay taxes.

Yes, illegals hold productive jobs and thus drive down wages and remove whole job categories from hard working Americans. Pay taxes? I'm sure a small number do, but A.) so friggin what? And B.) One doubts that this payment even approaches the costs asociated with illegal immigration.

3.) Whereas most immigrants come to America from a different branch of Western civilization, and so are more easily assimilated,

Oh really? Is that why "YOUR FUTURE PRESIDENT BILL RICHARDSON" has yet to take a position on cock fighting? Might want to run this by Ed Lazear, I think he missed the memo. And of course let's hear from Fred 'The Jackal' Barnes with a little sweetness added by those kooky kids at La Raza.

I'm not making light of Europe's self inflicted immigration wound here, indeed it's every bit as bad as reported. But it hardly mitigates the dire realities we face here due to mass and illegal immigration. Much like in the war on terror, the Muslim threat is actually easier in a way. Why do I say that? Because Muslims, it appears, to those who aren't sleeping, can't help themselves. They are an overt enemy and even the softest, most chuckleheaded country will get a clue when they begin to die in vast numbers.

Our illegal immigration problems are a little trickier. It's an infected wound vs. a heart attack. either can kill you but one is definitely more dramatic. There really are no exciting scenes in the TV series ER of a nasty wound being cleaned and irrigated, whereas every other episode had the dramatic gurney roll followed by a decisive surgery or the application of those groovy electrified paddles.

But the infected wound can be just as deadly. It is a somewhat childish view that since we kinda sorta have shared history with these folks, which we mostly don't, that everything will turn up aces. Yes, the Muslim threat is a very real one, so is the Mexican one.

Lawrence Auster breaks it down...here for those of you who just tuned in.

One truism: humans tend to prepare for the last war. On 9-11 I think it appropriate to say that while we are certainly still at war with Islam, that hardly means there are no other enemies out there. And unfortunately for the author of this piece, Mexico tops my list.

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