Immigration policy, then and now

Immigrant policy - meme

The radical (and even some of the less-radical) Left is great on sound-bites, memes, etc., that support (or seem to) their position, but not so good on the facts and logic behind the situation portrayed – ironic, since they often also claim to be on the side of “reasons” and “science,” but I digress!

In any case, they seem to have a great deal of difficulty with the distinction between legal and illegal immigration (and sometimes with legality in general, but again, that’s a digression). I especially liked two of the comments on the original post:

“The left can keep track of 47 genders but the difference between legal immigrant and illegal immigrant escapes them quicker than a greased soap bubble.”

And this:

“Actually those are immigrants that are being herded through Ellis island to be questioned and medically examined to determine if they should be allowed to enter the United States based on whether they would be a benefit or detriment to American society. Those that fail will not be allowed to enter. So, yes let’s look at the past, and see how a real immigration policy works.”

That’s not even to mention the restrictions on who was allowed to immigrate to the United States in the first place, pre-1965: “The Hart–Celler Act of 1965 marked a radical break from the immigration policies of the past. Previous laws restricted immigration from Asia and Africa, and gave preference to northern and western Europeans over southern and eastern Europeans.”

One can agree with those policies or disagree with them, but one thing is clear: it wasn’t just any old “Tom, Dick, or Harry” who wanted in, that got in.

Note also: “The first significant federal legislation restricting immigration was the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.” Remember that the Chinese were brought in to serve as cheap labour for the railroads; in fact, many of those imported or encouraged to immigrate – from the Irish and Eastern Europeans of the 19th and early 20th centuries to people from Central and South America today – are being brought in by or on behalf of corporations who want, once again, cheap labour.

Ironically, those who support “open” immigration policies are also, whether they know it or not, supporting crony capitalism / corporate plutocracy. To continue:

“Individual states regulated immigration prior to the 1892 opening of Ellis Island, the country’s first federal immigration station.” So it wasn’t just a free-for-all, as some try to claim. “New laws in 1965 ended the quota system that favored European immigrants, and today, the majority of the country’s immigrants hail from Asia and Latin America.” A fact which is altering not only the ethnic makeup of this country, but our culture and society as well – whether for better or for worse being debatable.

Again, the situation is more complex than a simple “immigrants made America great.” Much more!

Le Pen: Pope ‘Asks that States Go Against Their Own People’ by Opening Borders

French presidential frontrunner Marine Le Pen has criticised the Pope for pressuring Western countries to open their borders to migrants, accusing him of asking states to disregard their own citizens.

Source: Le Pen: Pope ‘Asks that States Go Against Their Own People’ by Opening Borders

In an interview with La Croix International, the leader of the Front National chided Pope Francis for asking “that states go against the interests of their own people by not placing conditions on the acceptance of significant numbers of migrants” …

“To me, this falls within the realm of politics and even interference, since he is also a head of state” – e.g., the Vatican: “a walled city-state with some of the strictest immigration and citizenship rules in the world.”

Asked about her own religious views, Ms. Le Pen said: “I have a strong faith and I am fortunate in that I have never doubted it. However, I admit that I am angry with the Church because I think that it interferes in everything except what it should really be concerned with,” she added.

Vive la France! Vive Mme Le Pen! Au nom du peuple!

Czech Republic: We’d Rather Risk EU Penalties then be Forced to Take Migrants

The Czech Republic is better off risking sanctions than accepting migrants under the EU’s quota scheme, interior minister Milan Chovanec has said.

Source: Czech Republic: We’d Rather Risk EU Penalties then be Forced to Take Migrants

The Czech Republic is also taking a stand against forced immmigration / resettlement of migrants:

The Czech Republic is not prepared to accept any more than the 12 migrants it has already taken under the quota scheme set up by the European Union (EU) even if that means facing sanctions, the nation’s interior minister has said…

Vetting so-called refugees is “complicated”, the minister explained, adding that migrants “have not even been willing to remain in place [in Greek and Italian camps, while security checks take place”.

“We check thoroughly and in detail during the process, which takes between several weeks and more than two months.

“But these people [that the Czech Republic have been told to take in as refugees] were not prepared to remain in place while being vetted. Because of that, we haven’t given them security clearance.”

In this, the Czech Republic joins Poland and Hungary, which are also refusing to take more migrants, as mandated by the EU:

Italy, along with Germany, Sweden, Austria, and France have been vocal in demanding the EU cut subsidies to Hungary and Poland for their refusal to welcome migrants.

But Reuters reported that, worried about rising Euroskepticism, officials in Brussels are split on whether to open legal proceedings against Hungary and Poland.

As I have said previously, Eastern Europe may yet prove the bulwark of Western civilization. The Winged Hussars ride again!

Orban Easter Speech: “Battlefield Europe… Stop Mass Migration. The Future of Europe Is at Stake”

Calling international politics a “battlefield”, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told newspaper Magyar Idők that Hungary’s sovereignty is under constant attack from foreign interests and the powerful left wing activist George Soros. Adding that mass migration threatens the future of Europe, he urged for the preservation of Christian civilisation.

Source: Orban Easter Speech: ‘Battlefield Europe… Stop Mass Migration. The Future of Europe Is at Stake’ – Breitbart

“This is what our future stands or falls on,” he said, “the fate of Europe. The question is whether the character of European nations will be determined by the same spirit, civilisation, culture and mentality as in our parents’ and grandparents’ time, or by something completely different.”

“…we want to preserve the foundations of Europe. We do not want parallel societies, we do not want population exchanges, and we do not want to replace Christian civilisation with a different kind. Therefore we are building fences, defending ourselves, and not allowing migrants to flood us.”

It appears that Eastern Europe is more alert, awake, and aware of the threats posed to Western Civilization by mass immigration than the traditional Western power centers like France, Germany, and even (despite Brexit, and although Prime Minister Theresa May has said and done some encouraging things) the UK. Nation-states like Hungary, Poland, and Czechoslovakia may yet prove the bulwark of the West – or its last hope of survival.

Sweden will ‘never go back’ to mass immigration, PM says | Daily Mail Online

The Prime Minister of Sweden has vowed his country will ‘never go back’ to recent levels of mass immigration after it emerged the terrorist who killed four people in a truck attack was a failed asylum seeker.

Source: Sweden will ‘never go back’ to mass immigration, PM says | Daily Mail Online

The Stockholm truck-ramming terrorist was a failed asylum seeker? Okay, everyone who’s surprised, raise your hands! *looking around* No one? That’s what I thought.

On the one hand, I’m encouraged to read report of the PM’s remarks. I hope that late is better than never, and I know that some people require a two-by-four across the forehead before they wake up to threats that are right in their face. Yet, I’m afraid this smacks a bit of locking the proverbial barn door after the horse has already been stolen.

Said the Prime Minister:

‘Sweden will never go back to the [mass migration] we had in autumn 2015, never,’ Mr Löfven said yesterday.

‘Everyone who has been denied a permit should return home.

‘This makes me feel enormously frustrated. If you have been denied a visa you are supposed to leave the country.’

“Should”…? “Frustrated”…? “Supposed to”…? Why doesn’t he just say, “C’mon, guys, play fair!”

Far be it from me to tell someone else, let alone another country, what they should do, but I hope Sweden is able to get in touch with its ancestral roots, however belatedly! This is what Sweden needs today, in my opinion – updated with respect to technology, naturally:

(There are plenty of Swedes who feel the same, I know! To them, deepest respect. This is not directed at you, but at the political and media elites, and those who have been brainwashed by them. Sverige evigt!)

“Where are you, Impaler…?”

Synchronicity sometimes leads to some interesting and unexpected juxtapositions! I am currently employed as a driver education instructor, and earlier in the week the sighting of a Chevrolet Impala reminded me of this creative vanity license plate:

Vlad-the-Impala-License-Plate

That, in turn, reminded me of a discussion some months previously with a different student, who happened to be Romanian: he informed me that Vlad the Impaler is actually remembered with considerable respect and affection in Romania, citing the example of his Romanian grandmother, who – when someone did something notably stupid – was known to mutter under her breath what is apparently a traditional byword in that country, “Where are you, Impaler?”

Vlad-the-Impaler

Now, today, an article came across my news-feed that His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales, had been on a visit to Romania. The article was mostly concerned with his support of charities in the area, and his visits to cultural events and landmarks, but in the latter context, noted in passing that he had visited the Old Princely Court in Bucharest – “which was built in the 15th century by ‘Vlad The Impaler’, an ancestor of The Prince”! I had not known of that family connection.

So, who was this Vlad the Impaler, anyway? He has a bit of a bad reputation, especially in the United States, due to his heavily fictionalized connection with Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” But what is the real story? Continue reading ““Where are you, Impaler…?””

Weeds, Immigration, and Culture | The Southern Agrarian

Several years ago, in an effort to improve the quality of the soil in my garden, I bought a truckload of topsoil. It was carefully spread, then tilled and worked into the soil. The original soil and the new topsoil were mixed until they became as one. At first, it was great. The soil was darker and richer looking than the native sandy soil, and the plants that I grew there were bigger and stronger. Then came the weeds…

Source: Weeds, Immigration, and Culture | The Southern Agrarian

A superb allegory for our present crisis.

As an ecologist, environmental educator, and sometime organic farmer, I have long seen the parallels between “invasive aliens” in natural ecosystems – or gardens! – and in our cultural ecosystem. Diversity in an ecosystem, or in a diversified small farm, is a strength; it increases the robustness, the resilience, of the whole. But it must be native diversity.

Import aliens – kudzu, Japanese stilt-grass, autumn olive, multiflora rose (or allow, through negligence or oversight, even more perilous and secretive invaders like chestnut blight or emerald ash borers to sneak in), and the list could go on – and they quickly choke out the natives. And once introduced, they are difficult or impossible to ever totally eradicate. At best, one might achieve a tenuous and combative equilibrium. Likewise, as The Southern Agrarian notes,

“Culture is a very precious thing, and it must be cared for and defended. A culture – just like agriculture – requires work to maintain. There are no shortcuts. Bringing in, or allowing in, foreign elements into a native culture brings with it serious risks. While on the surface, there may appear to be benefits to mixing cultures, the hidden costs will quickly show up. Like an invasive species in nature that finds no natural enemies, it takes over and the original culture disappears. Forever.”

Words to the wise. Those who have ears, let them hear!