Even during recessions and depressions, America has traditionally been the best country for economic opportunity. Thus, it has been and is a magnet for some of the best in the world and increasingly over time, some of the worst in the world.
From being fussy and strict about which foreigners were allowed in here during colonial and early national times, over time and in cycles we have been swamped by the world’s undesirables. This unhealthy invasion spiked with the Immigration Reform Act of 1965 and has not relented since then. Concomitant with this inflow has been an increase in the scope of the welfare benefits provided to the new arrivals.
America’s welfare apparatus is more liberal than that of any of the European democracies. It’s reached the point that the rights and privileges accorded to citizens, illegal aliens and legal immigrants are nearly the same, and citizenship has become nearly meaningless. If the Democrats have their way, ICE and borders would be eliminated, which would result in unlimited immigration and the ruining of America beyond redemption.
It should be mentioned for the record that “settler” and “immigrant” are two different concepts. “Settler” is one who relocates within a country or colony but remains a citizen or established denizen of the realm, whereas an immigrant is a foreigner who enters a country, illegally or legally, without any of the rights and privileges normally accorded to its residents and citizens. The settlers of colonial days were already Englishmen who were accepted as equals with the other residents of the colonies and did not have to go through the same procedures as immigrants would.
In these materialistic days, it may be hard to imagine that in colonial days most of the aforesaid settlers came here for reasons other than profit. Freedom back then was a major motive for settlement, whether freedom from tyranny, freedom of religion, or freedom to begin life anew in a friendlier environment. In any event, immigration in colonial days was handled by the particular colony involved and was inconsequential in numbers and tightly controlled to prevent the entry of paupers, criminals, the diseased, the mentally deranged, the morally challenged, and other undesirables.
After the U.S. was established, and contrary to the myths perpetrated and perpetuated by politicians and journalists, during most periods of American history up until recently, America carefully restricted immigration, and being the country was populated by English settlers, we certainly are not a nation primarily composed of immigrants. There are still many of us descended from the colonists/settlers.
The founders fully expected the nation in the future to be stocked with the original founding stock without resort to other races or even other ethnicities since the colonists were a fecund lot who it was felt would easily carry forth the principles upon which the nation was founded, preserving its blessings for the Founders’ “posterity.”
By the time of the American Revolution, the idea was firmly ingrained that only a few immigrants would be admitted who had special skills that were in short supply within the nation, and so served the national interest. This was George Washington’s stated position.
It is not surprising that the Founders were fervent immigration restrictionists. After all, they had just fought a bloody, protracted and expensive war to establish a nation built upon a new paradigm. They were determined to protect what they had achieved from the influence of foreign populations with different political systems and cultural practices.
In 1790, nearly two centuries after the first settlers arrived, just 0.3% of the population were identified as other than descendants of Northern European peoples, aside from the African slaves. Becoming a citizen in the early days was quite difficult. A person had to reside in the U.S. for 14 years and declare their intent five years prior to applying for naturalization.
This strict attitude began breaking down immediately upon the advent of western expansion since there were few limits on immigration into the new territories created by that expansion. Standards were beginning to be relaxed to allow importation of foreign workers to fuel the new industries that were developing as a result of the Industrial Revolution, especially in the North.
Barely fifteen years after the Mexican War ended, the tragic four-year invasion and deliberate despoliation of the Southland by the Yankee government resulted in the laying waste to the then most productive and affluent region of America, largely erasing its culture, economy, ruling class, and political influence.
Lincoln supposedly wanted to force the “rebel” states back into the Union to take advantage of the revenues collected from the South’s highly productive and lucrative agricultural system to fund his “internal improvements,” i.e., federal boondoggles. But instead he ordered the destruction of the means of production for that system, thus killing the goose that was producing the golden eggs (tax and tariff revenue) he was so covetous of. Go figure. Nevertheless, an immigration invasion, unacknowledged by the court historians and so passed over with nary a mention in history books, was largely responsible for the capitulation of the South. The continuing flood of books diagnosing the cause of the Southern defeat, even those from pro-Southern authors, do not acknowledge this factor.
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