April 28, 2015

WAIT, HE'S ARGUING FOR OPEN BORDERS:

The Strange Case of Modern Immigration (VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, April 28, 2015, National Review)

Immigration to the West will remain a moral and intellectual embarrassment until Westerners insist that newcomers arrive in numbers that can be assimilated, that they meet meritocratic criteria that are ethnically blind, and that they come legally and on the terms adjudicated by the host. Europeans and Americans need not be chauvinistic, but they do need to be candid about why people leave one country for another. From such knowledge comes realization that the best way to stop mass, illegal immigration is for other societies to emulate Western paradigms so that there is no need to emigrate --  after all, Japanese and Singaporeans do not hide in cargo boats to reach California. But to do all that, Westerners need first to understand their own culture and then to defend it.

Europeans and Americans need not think that the West must be perfect to be good. And they should recognize that millions in the non-West increasingly are certain that the West is far better than their own alternatives -- even if they are as unsure why that is so as they are careful to keep quiet about it.

The point of the reform movement is that they are coming because they prefer the West, are assimilating easily and should be legalized.

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