Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster is a national book by paleoconservative British American journalist Peter Brimelow. Thomas Sowell, Hoover Institution Alien Nation Also by Peter Brimelow The Wall Street Gurus: How You Can Profit from Investment Newsletters The Patriot. Peter Brimelow challenges this view in Alien Nation and in doing so raises fundamental issues of political theory. Brimelow begins by building a prima facie case.
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It was one of those moments in debate when a reply comes unbidden, both for my poor father, dead five years, and indeed for my mortally wounded land of origin.
The policy in this case is transfer payments, from the American taxpayer to in some degree immigrants.
But immigration can still be at crisis levels. Try suggesting that it might be another of those misunderstandings when, having finally reached the head of the line, you are natlon by the clerk to go away and come back another day with a previously unmentioned Form XYZ.
That’s the free market solu- tion. Even in the fabled Ellis Island ofthis inflow was still very strong. This is a very important book: But what of the economic advantages of immigration? Apologies to Garrison Keillor.
Immigrants do come predominantly from one area—some 85 percent of the I knew the devoted fans of the Wall Street Journal editorial, overwhelmingly conservative patriots, had no inkling of this.
In Decembera Jamaican immigrant admitted as a student but stayed, illegal status automatically regularized after marriage to a U. We will consider those questions on pages The alidn citizen may now bring in, quite legally, more relatives, and so on in an ever-repeating cycle.
But at least Maggy and I had applied for and been granted legal permission to live in the United States. Besides claiming that the racial and cultural diversity of immigrants damage the national fabric, he believes high levels of immigration have imposed substantial economic, cultural, social, environmental, and political costs on the United States. They may well have been over- zealous.
By the same token, they attract little attention in comparison with current troubles, which are both indisputable and pressing: Bythe foreign-born proportion had more than doubled.
And that Immigration Act was the cre- ation of politicians — some of whom are still in office. One would hope that Brimelow, who is so outraged by current immigration policy, would engage in the truly difficult task of formulating workable proposals to address the problems he perceives with immigration. Today, it is astonishing to read in Auster’s account the categori- cal assurances given by the Immigration Act’s supporters.
A cautious INS estimate: Thus inthere were more legal immigrants from Nigeria 2, aalien from Italy 2, No reformer can avoid grappling with the formidable work of Peter Brimelow. To this elite, “immigration is manna from heaven. This pattern of boom and bust happens regularly in na- ture.
This is an alarming indication of how influential we wordsmiths and rhetoricians can be, even when wrong—and also of how desperately thin the substantive arguments for this immense historic gamble turn out to be, when given even the most casual prod. But the band natino on—notwithstanding these numbers, there was all that persistent happy talk from immigration enthusiasts about immigration being really still quite low.
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Because the fact cannot be denied: This Week with David Brinkley, July 25, Either way, it exists. He also voices concern about the alleged adverse economic impact of immigration, although ultimately conceding that immigrants neither help nor hurt the economy to any significant degree. We will examine this extraordinary situation in the next chapter.