Assimilation? Who Needs to Assimilate?

Featured image Today the Center for Immigration Studies released some shocking data from the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS), which came out late last month. CIS headlines: “One in Five U.S. Residents Speaks Foreign Language at Home.” Some highlights: * In 2014, a record 63.2 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) spoke a language other than English at home. * Taking a longer view, since 1990 the »

Unprecedented Mass Immigration Will Radically Transform America. Is That What We Want?

Featured image On this site, posts about immigration tend to draw less traffic than posts on most other subjects. I am not sure why that is, but I suspect it is mostly because people (our readers, anyway) say, Yeah, yeah, I already know about that. Well, here is something you probably didn’t know. Jeff Sessions’ Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest analyzed data in the Pew immigration survey that I »

After Seven Recovery Summers…

Featured image The last recession officially ended, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, in June 2009. By now, September 2015, we should be in the middle, or perhaps the later stages, of an economic boom, having enjoyed years of strong economic growth, job creation and rising private sector incomes. Instead, our economy has never exited the recovery stage, and we have just concluded the seventh “recovery summer” of the Obama »

Syria Shapes Up As Another Immigration Debacle

Featured image Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest conducted an oversight hearing on the administration’s plan to increase the number of refugees admitted to the United States by approximately 200,000 over the next two years, with the increase largely attributable to Syrian refugees. Four administration officials testified. After the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Sessions summed up the conclusions that emerged: * We do not have access to any »

Orbán’s nerve

Featured image Viktor Orbán is the Prime Minister of Hungary and the president of the national conservative ruling party Fidesz. During Europe’s current immigration crisis Orbán has been the victim of a negative portrayal in the press as Hungary has sought to protect its borders. This past week Orbán reported on the crisis to the Hungarian Parliament. The video below (about 17 minutes) gives his speech with English subtitles. (You can turn »

Immigration Is Remaking America. Is That What We Want?

Featured image This Pew Report quantifies the explosive impact that immigration, legal and illegal, is having on the United States. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Ted Kennedy-inspired Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This simple chart shows the consequences of the unprecedented wave of immigration that followed passage of the act: The Pew report notes that the impact of the 1965 act was not widely foreseen: At the time, »

AP U.S. History framwork remains biased, as its treatment of immigration shows

Featured image The College Board’s 2014 framework for teaching AP U.S. History was a thoroughly leftist document. Under fire, the College Board issued a new framework in 2015. Unfortunately, as I argued here, the new version, though better, is not a great improvement. John Fonte and our friend Stanley Kurtz illustrate the problem through a detailed look at how the 2015 framework treats the history of immigration in this country. Few will »

The Camp of the Saints Comes to Europe

Featured image The Daily Mail has a long report from Germany on the influx of migrants there. Who, exactly, are the migrants? The article begins: On the busy shopping street in Giessen, a German university town twinned with Winchester, migrant Atif Zahoor tucks into a chicken dish with his brother and cousin at the curry restaurant Chillie To Go. They have left good jobs back in Karachi, Pakistan, and now want to »

Pope Francis: I Was Told There Would Be No Math! [Updated]

Featured image I had intended to critique Pope Francis’s speech to Congress today, but the speech was so vague and so cautious, with a little something for everyone, that I decided it wasn’t worth the effort. The global warming part, for example, was more or less incomprehensible. I do think this point is worth making, however: the Pope is definitely in favor of taking in migrants. Our world is facing a refugee »

Our Unprecedented Immigration Experiment

Featured image The United States is taking in more immigrants than at any time in our history, while at the same time making little or no effort to assimilate them. No one can know what the consequences of this experiment will be. This chart, created by the Center for Immigration Studies from Census Bureau data, plots the number of immigrants living in the U.S. and their share of the population, from 1900 »

Who Bears the Burden of Immigration?

Featured image Migrants are on the move across the world, especially from the Middle East to Europe and North America, from Africa to Europe and the United States, and from Mexico and other Latin countries to the South to the United States. Immigration celebrationists pretend that mass immigration is an unmixed blessing, but what is happening in Europe, as one country after another shuts its borders to a vast influx of Middle »

Black Income Decline in Minnesota Termed “Disgraceful”

Featured image As I noted here, just-released Census Bureau data show that real median household income declined slightly in 2014, while the poverty rate increased slightly. Median incomes for all racial groups except whites were stable, while white median household income declined by 1.7%. I have seen no comment on this fact; certainly no suggestion that the federal government is responsible for the decline or has pursued policies inimical to the interests »

Are Democrats partially responsible for America’s heroin epidemic?

Featured image Hector Garza, president of the Laredo, Texas chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, contends that illegal immigrants crossing the border are bringing heroin into this country as a matter of routine. Every illegal alien who crosses the border between the U.S. and Mexico does so for a fee, and often the price is carrying a backpack full of heroin, Garza says. Department of Homeland Security officials take basically the »

Ben Carson sketches plan for dealing with illegal immigrants

Featured image During an appearance of Face the Nation, Dr. Ben Carson took a stab today at outlining how he would deal with the issue of illegal immigration. After criticizing Donald Trump’s concept of deporting every illegal immigrant (and then readmitting “the good ones”), Carson said this: [L]et’s say we get [the borders] sealed, because certainly in a Carson administration that would be done within the first year. You also turn off »

Why does Germany want so many refugees? Part Two

Featured image In a post last week, I argued that Germany’s main motive for wanting to take in so many Middle Eastern refugees is the desire to cope with short-term labor shortages and long-term population decline. I also pointed out that most European nations face different circumstances and thus don’t share Germany’s motive or enthusiasm. A few days later, the Washington Post struck the same theme in an article called “The refugee »

Should the U.S. Want Syrian Refugees?

Featured image There is talk of the United States doing “its share” by taking in a large number of Syrian refugees (many of whom are migrants, not refugees, and many of whom will prove not to come from Syria). There is of course a humanitarian case for admitting residents of a war zone. The problem is that there are many miserable places on the Earth, and no obvious limiting principle. How much »

Why does Germany want so many refugees?

Featured image German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Germany will take 800,000 refugees this year and 500,000 annually over the next several years. Merkel no doubt will receive acclaim for humanitarianism, while nations that balk at taking refugees will be denounced. I don’t doubt that there is a humanitarian component to Merkel’s decision, and in some respects her willingness to take in so many refugees is a feel good story. But »