Academic journal article Policy Review

Them vs. Unz; Special Letters Section

Academic journal article Policy Review

Them vs. Unz; Special Letters Section

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Ron K. Unz, in "Immigration or the Welfare State" (Fall 1994), challenged the notion that out-of-control immigration is fueling a host of social and economic problems, from crime to welfare dependency to job loss. Unz, chief executive officer of Wall Street Analytics Inc., in Palo Alto, Calif., argued that immigrants--both legal and illegal--are among his state's most productive entrepreneurs. He identifies welfare policies as the real cause of social breakdown. His critics respond.

Even as the American national identity and way of life are being delegitimized and submerged by the continuing Third-World invasion of this country, utopian ideologues like Ron Unz keep telling us that such invasion is a "blessing" for which we must be grateful. As an example of Unz's thoroughgoing denial of reality, he depicts San Jose, California, as an immigrant city with "virtually no significant ethnic conflict." Yet it was San Jose's large Hispanic community that, in 1992, violently protested, as a "symbol of conquest," the erection of a statue commemorating the raising of the American flag in California during the Mexican War. This past year San Jose's Hispanic-dominated city council voted to erect, in a public square, a 25-foot-high statue of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of human sacrifice as a celebration of Hispanic culture. And just recently, thousands of Hispanics protesting Proposition 187 marched in the streets of Los Angeles carrying Mexican flags, an event that shocked even liberal Californians into voting for 187. Pace Unz, such manifestations of Third-World revanchism cannot be explained away as side-effects of the welfare state or affirmative action; rather, they are a direct result of the sheer numbers (and mounting political power) of the culturally unassailable peoples who have been admitted into this country under the suicidal immigration policies of the last 30 years.

Of course, it does no good to point out these things to the open border advocates, for whom immigration has the status of a religious faith. Thus the argument goes on interminably. In the end, the immigration issue will not be decided in the pages of intellectual journals such as this. It will be decided by an aroused American public who are looking at reality with their own eyes, who see their nation and way of life vanishing, and who resolve, finally, to do something about it.

-- Lawrence Auster Author of The Path to National Suicide: An Essay on Immigration and Multiculturalism New York, NY

In his article, "Immigration or the Welfare State," Ron Unz asserts that the mass immigration that the United States is currently experiencing is a "strong net positive"; that there is "no connection between" immigration and job loss; and that concerns about criminality and welfare abuse by immigrants are "overstated." Praise is heaped on immigrants; scorn expressed for the welfare system; and the possibility of any linkage between the two is simply dismissed. Rather than present an objective appraisal of these two complex issues, his essay seeks primarily to find a way to exploit the public's confusion for partisan political gain.

Unz bases his case on the fact that immigration in the past was crucial to the building of the nation. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most of the immigrants were unskilled, poorly educated, and non-English speaking. Likewise, most of the jobs required little in the way of human capital. The nation was shifting from an agriculturally based economy to a goods-producing economy. That era of immigration ended around 1914--only a year after assembly-line production was introduced by Henry Ford, ushering in a new era of machine technology. Mass immigration, therefore, was essentially a pre-industrial production strategy that relied on labor-intensive technologies and low-wage workers.

From 1914 to the late-1960s, immigration declined significantly and continually. Over that period, the United States emerged as the world's leading economic superpower. …

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