Sunday, 23 May 2010

Thinking Rationally About Immigration

By Dr. D

Who should be admitted to live in our countries? We are told often how much immigrants contribute to our countries, both economically and culturally. We all hear the old saw about, “we are a nation of immigrants,” which is truly ludicrous in the UK but less so in other nations of the Anglosphere. We are told that we have a positive need for immigrants, even though our eyes and common sense tell us otherwise. Finally, we are sent on guilt trips, saying that we have a moral obligation to accept immigrants.

In a recent article by Johann Hari in The Independent titled “Islamists, their victims, and hypocrisy,” some aspects of this question are examined . In his article, Hari discusses the cases of two recent applications for asylum in the UK that have rejected, and two known Pakistani al–Qa’ida members who are going to be allowed to remain in the UK. One asylum application refused is from a young lesbian (age 27) in Iran who fears for her life and thought she should be allowed to come to the UK where she could live freely. The second refused asylum application is from a 29 year old Pakistani man who has written atheist tracts online, and now fears for his life in Pakistan. He thinks he should be allowed to come to the UK where he can be free to pursue his atheism. Each of those refused were told to stay where they were and “live discrete lives.” Hari says that the trial that determined that the two al–Qa’ida members were such was “a Kafka–trial” where the defendants were not allowed to hear the evidence against them. This seems like a strange allegation to level at a trial that the defendants essentially won, event though they were convicted. They seem to have achieved all substantive goals, so I’m not sure what more was wanted.

Hari then goes on to make a strong argument that, when people in the West deal justly and mercifully with Muslims, it has a far bigger impact on them than any other way we might deal with them. Somehow, he has shifted the argument to be about whether to torture or not, which really is not the same question as whether to admit immigrants or not, but in Hari’s mind, it seems to be the same. And then he comes to his closing paragraph, which I quote:

Brave, bold voices like Kiana and Amit’s do more to undermine Islamic fundamentalism than a thousand bomber–planes that only vindicate the Bin Laden narrative for so many. By sending these remarkable dissidents to die, we aren’t only betraying them – we are endangering ourselves.

It is a nice summation of his argument, and it has some truth in it, but we need to examine it further. (Kiana and Amit were the two who were refuse entry into the UK.) These two people are definitely the products of their own societies. They have taken their stands (lesbianism, atheism) in defiance of their societies of their own free will. I do not for a moment wish to deny them that choice, but I do wish to emphasize that it is their choice, and that their choice has consequences that are their own to bear. Those consequences should not become the burden of anyone else, and most especially not of any other nation.

With respect to Hari’s contention that they will do so much more good if they live, I have to say that they will do the most good if they live in their own societies, rather than hiding in the safety of the West. They should not be in the West, creating ill will for us with the Muslim world, but rather they should be in the Muslim world working reform there. The only way the Muslim world will change is when Muslims make that change; it will not happen from the outside. How many Muslims do you think Ayaan Hirsi reaches?

It is right that these people were denied entry into the UK; they made choices and they must live with the consequences of those choices. It would also be right, if it has been correctly determined that the other two are truly members of al–Qa’ida, which was a choice on their part, to face the consequences of that choice. Life is full of choices, and we do not get to start over, but rather we have to continue to play our hand, based on our previous choices, including mistakes.

But back to the original question, who should be admitted to live in our countries? Long ago, when more rational thinking prevailed on all subjects, and particularly on matters of national sovereignty, nations made decisions about whom to admit as immigrants on the basis of the interests of the host nation. Generally speaking, the host nation considered the assets that the would–be immigrant would bring to the host nation in terms of wealth, knowledge, various skills, and some times simply brute force manpower. But it was the needs of the host nation that determined whether the immigrant was accepted, not the desires of the immigrant.

I am sure that the word refugee has been in the English language for a very long time, but I think it really began to have major significance after WW I. There were large number of dislocated people in Europe, more than ever before, with the breakup of the Hapsburg Empire and the Ottoman Empire. All of this expanded many fold after WW II with more displaced people all over the world. The idea of refugees has be employed to play on Christian sympathies to permanently accept people from all over the world into our nations, bringing completely misfit elements into our societies. This continues apace today at an accelerating rate today with many coming from Africa and the Middle East. I think it is necessary to ask the question, “are these people truly refugees, or are they time bombs, waiting to explode?”

There are parts of the world where on–going warfare has been the norm forever. This is true in parts of Africa and elsewhere. If you pluck someone up from there, it is probably correct to call that person a “refugee” in some sense. But moving those people somewhere else in the world does not make them peaceful, civilized people, it just moves the war somewhere else. We have seen this with the large numbers of Somalis transported to Minnesota who are now terrorizing the people of Minneapolis–St. Paul just like they were back in Somalia. They did not all become Americans of Swedish and Norwegian descent when they landed in Minnesota, strange to say, and Garrison Kellior does not know what to say about them being the good liberal that he is.

Since the earliest colonial days in America, people have immigrated to the US. For a long time, there were no restrictions at all on who could come, but eventually laws were passed limiting the number who could come each year from each country. At almost any point along either the northern or southern border of the US, you can literally simply walk across the border; there are no physical barriers at all in most places. For most of our history, there has been no problem, with either of our neighbors, and there is still no problem with Canada. Mexico is a different matter, however.

Mexico has vast internal problems, and rather than seek to solve their own problems, their solution has been to send much of their population to the US to earn money to send back to Mexico. This has been going on for at least forty years with the connivance of the US government as well. The US government has simply stopped enforcing the immigration laws, although the laws remain on the books. As a consequence, many thousands of Mexicans stream into the US illegally every day. They often come in as “mules” carrying illegal drugs, but then go on to take low skill jobs at low wages that are often paid in cash. In most cases, no taxes are paid on these wages, and it is an entirely off the record transaction. Much of the money is sent back to Mexico by wire transfer. They live on food stamps and various types of welfare in many cases, they use the hospital emergency rooms for all of their healthcare needs (they cannot be turned away there, even if they say they cannot pay), they often turn to thievery, rape, and murder. Even those that “succeed” in the sense that they find stable employment and establish a home, usually do not learn English and develop no loyalty at all to the US, always thinking of themselves only as Mexicans even to the third and fourth generations.

Some will have heard of the new Arizona immigration law that has caused quite a furor. I have read the whole law, all seventeen pages of it. It is very bland reading, and it simply says, in very plain English, that local law enforcement is authorized and indeed required to enforce the federal immigration law. It does not permit any of the undue stops or searches that people are so upset about, indeed they are prohibited. People say, “but it might be enforced that way.” Well, yes, a policeman might stop you any time and mistreat you, but how often does it happen? There are severe penalties for the policeman that does such things. The state of Arizona is simply trying to protect its people, to do the job that the federal government has long neglected to do. The citizens of Arizona have been subject to the most amazing dangers and harassments and this is long overdue.

With regard to the central question of whom should be admitted to our countries, I would like to adduce two principal statements:

1. We should only admit those who bring a positive benefit to the host country. There is no obligation to admit anyone at anytime, no matter what their pleading may be. Life is unfair, we have to live the life we are given.

2. The people of the third world, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, etc., must all stay where they are and fix their own broken societies. Anglo–Saxons cannot do it for them. They would not accept it if we tried, and we should not feel that we have any obligation to try. This does not mean that we should not be willing to help in moderation, but the prime responsibility rest squarely with them. We discourage them from doing this most necessary task if we shelter them in our countries.


Mister Wolfe said...

Excellent and well considered article, thanks for posting it.

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention the 1951 UN Convention which imposed its will on the UK after 1945 with NO regard for the indigenous population whatsoever.. no referendum NOTHING!

The British population of the post war were NEVER asked by their own government(s) as to how they felt about immigration per say. It was imposed as if the country was under the orders of a dictator.

Many an elderly gentleman I have since questioned has often stuttered when asked "Have you ever wondered what you actually fought a war for"?


brian boru said...

I have little respect for the veterens of ww2 who parade at the Cenotaph each November and spout off about how they saved Europe from the Nazi beast. What they actually fought for was the destruction and enslavement of Europe and of their own country. They didn't know it then of course, but there is no excuse for not realising it now. When they are pushed off the footpath in their own town by a black or Asian, or when their granddaughter presents them with a half-caste offspring, they should realise that their leaders lied to them. Their 'victory' in 1945 was directly responsible for the emigration catastrophe that, among other horrors, threatens the very existence of the people they thought they were fighting for. The winners then were definitely not ordinary white people but the same enemy that has always been behind the scenes, who controls the media and the money and who decided long ago that we were to be wiped out.

Dr.D said...

Speaking of WW 2 veterans, brian boru said, "Their 'victory' in 1945 was directly responsible for the emigration catastrophe that, among other horrors, threatens the very existence of the people they thought they were fighting for."

bb, stop and think a minute. Would you advocate instead that they should have lost WW 2? Is that your position? Is your German pretty good? Now Jewish friends or relatives?

I think your statement is utter nonsense. You can say that after the war these same people should have stood up to the government and said "No" to immigration. I am not extremely well versed in modern UK history, but seem to recall that Churchill and others tried that and were summarily dismissed. Perhaps that is when the common man should have been more vocal; that would be a fair criticism.

But to say that because they won WW 2 they are the cause of the current problems in simply nuts. At most, you can say that they are the reason you are not already under a Nazi government.

Anonymous said...


I think we all know that it is not the Jewish tailor or the kosher butcher who's responsible for that.But ask yourself ,why should an alien body in our midst have so much political influence in whites countries?If you don't mind that ,then you also shouldn't mind muslim influence in the west right?since both groups are anti european,i don't see why we should give the jews a pass.

I make a suggestion to you:read Mein Kampf.If you don't like that he's writing about jews,just blend it out.But when you read it,ask yourself how much of the problems he talks about,you recognize today in the anti white political mafia.

Anonymous said...

"Would you advocate instead that they should have lost WW 2? Is that your position? Is your German pretty good?"

Oh please Dr.D ,that is so old.The same old story of evil Germans want to conquer the world.Exactly what you are thaught to believe.Hitler never declared war on Britain and France.Hitler said:
"you can never Germanize people,you can only Germanize land".
I think that's still valid when talking about "assimilating immigrants"
He made several peace offers ,guess who didn't allow them to accept it.

"but seem to recall that Churchill and others tried that and were summarily dismissed."

Guess again who dismissed them. said...
May 25, 2010
How black is France? See map of percent of new babies born with sickle cell anemia per region.

MrsJ said...

"I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." - Benjamin Franklin

Dr.D said...

MrsJ, thank you for the Franklin quote; that is particularly useful in the discussion of dealing with the immigrants already among us.

I would call everyone's attention to the phrase that Franklin used, "...or driving them out of it." Franklin recognized that often the poor, if they have been subsisting on welfare of one sort or another are not motivated to want to help themselves. Their motivation has been sapped, and they have become reconciled to being dependent. It often requires a firm hand in such situations to say that they must become self sufficient, they can no longer remain a drain on the public purse. Thus while, "driving them out of it" sounds harsh, it is in fact the best thing that can possibly be done for the poor and for society.