France’s immigrant problem — and ours

One of the reasons that the Claremont Review of Books is my favorite magazine is that each issue constitutes a virtual education in politics. Another of the reasons is that, consistent with the mission of the Claremont Institute, the CRB wages intellectual battle on behalf of the founding principles of the United States. Fans in high places have arranged for thirty copies of each issue to be shipped to the White House overnight upon publication. (Subscribe online here.) The editors of the CRB have afforded us the opportunity to pick three pieces from the the just-publshed Spring issue to debut online via links on Power Line.

In one of the issue’s feature essays, Victor Davis Hanson compares our Mexican immigration problem to that of France’s Muslim immigration problem. Dr. Hanson finds that these two problems have much in common. Of course, there are the obvious differences: only one of the two groups, for instance, is susceptible to the call of radical Islam. And yet, observe that France has 4-7 million mostly Arab-French citizens; the U.S. has about 8-12 million illegal aliens, the largest population of unlawful residents in the Western world. Or consider that 10,000 Muslims rioted outside Paris last fall — and that there are nearly 15,000 illegal-alien felons from Mexico in the California penal system alone, incarcerated at a cost of almost a half billion dollars a year. So what is to be done? Dr. Hanson supplies an answer at the conclusion of his essay: “France’s immigrant problem — and ours.”

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