It is understandable that Donald Trump’s vulgar attack on immigrants has nicer people up in arms, and that pundits are leaping to their computers to chastise Ben Carson for saying he might not want a Muslim to be president of the United States. But it wouldn’t be a bad thing if these comments opened the question of American immigration policy to review.
We must begin by dismissing the notion that our previous experience with immigration teaches us lessons applicable to the current influx, especially if that is to be composed mostly of thousands of young Muslim men, some of them fleeing Syria. Our past immigration history is not prologue.
My father came to this country as a boy at a time when there was no welfare state to offer the lure of a benefits-supported life. The establishment of the welfare/entitlement state has provided an incentive to come here that simply did not exist earlier in our history. Add a relaxed policy towards illegal arrivals—from Ronald Reagan’s amnesty to Barack Obama’s Hispanic dreamers and nonenforcement of the law against other illegal border crossers—and you have an irresistible magnet to groups believing what my father was told but did not believe, that the streets of America are paved with gold.
Now when a welfare state rolls out the welcome mat to asylum-seekers, it can expect it to be trod on by economic migrants as well, as German chancellor Angela Merkel has discovered. Her decision to announce that Syrians would be welcome in the millions, and need not obey the rules requiring registration in the first EU country in which they touched down, has left her with the daunting task of separating legitimate asylum seekers from seekers after housing and other benefits, many of the latter having destroyed their passports and claiming to be from Syria when instead they come from countries in which their lives are not threatened.
My father came to a country desperately in need of unskilled labor, a circumstance that no longer exists: Millions of unskilled Americans find themselves members of the reserve army of the unemployed and are so discouraged by their inability to find work that they have dropped out of the job market. And studies by Harvard professor George Borjas show that immigrants put pressure on the wages of unskilled Americans, which of course is one reason employer groups favor more immigration and many trade unions a lot less.
My father came to an America that had not yet been afflicted with multi-culturalism. He came in order to become an American. As did millions of Irish, Italians, Eastern Europeans, and others. All wanted to preserve some of their historic culture, and they did cling together in ghettoes early on, before dispersing as their incomes grew.
But the experience of Muslim immigrants, with Britain and France the prime examples, is different. Muslims did not come to Britain to assimilate. Many seek to retain not only their customs but some version at least of their system of sharia law, of subjugation of women, of forced marriages. In France, Muslim ghettoes have become no-go zones for the police. My father left Poland behind, the Irish said goodbye to Ireland’s privation, Italians to lack of opportunity in Italy. But for Muslims the organizing institution is not the nation-state, which they are leaving behind, but their religion, which most are bringing with them.
In America, defenders of Muslim immigration are quite right to say that many are nice people and would enrich this country. But it is not unreasonable to suppose that the portion coming here to sing not “God Bless America” but “God Damn America,” and to hasten the day when the damning occurs by blowing us up, is likely to be higher in this group than among other groups applying for admission. And yes, there were some really bad actors among the older immigrants, as you can learn from studies of Jewish and Italian gangsters. But those were your garden-variety bad guys, primarily killing each other and not aiming to blow up Ellis Island or the Empire State Building.
Moody’s must have it in for France. Sure, its economy is moribund. Sure, its trade unions are among the most intransigent in the world. But surely the socialist government deserves some credit for one of the most significant reforms in 200 years.
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