Only Mass Deportation Can Save America

Bret Stephens, NYT

T. Belman.  Don’t assume that pro-deportation means anti-immigration. Of course, Stephen’s pro-immigrant stance begs the issue of whether the US should allow into the US, Muslim immigrants who don’t share our values or don’t want to integrate or don’t want to become Americans.

In the matter of immigration, mark this conservative columnist down as strongly pro-deportation.

The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system.

They need to return whence they came.

I speak of Americans whose families have been in this country for a few generations. Complacent, entitled and often shockingly ignorant on basic points of American law and history, they are the stagnant pool in which our national prospects risk drowning.

On point after point, America’s non-immigrants are failing our country. Crime? A study by the Cato Institute notes that non-immigrants are incarcerated at nearly twice the rate of illegal immigrants, and at more than three times the rate of legal ones.

Educational achievement? Just 17 percent of the finalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search — often called the “Junior Nobel Prize” — were the children of United States-born parents. At the Rochester Institute of Technology, just 9.5 percent of graduate students in electrical engineering were nonimmigrants.

Religious piety — especially of the Christian variety? More illegal immigrants identify as Christian (83 percent) than do Americans (70.6 percent), a fact right-wing immigration restrictionists might ponder as they bemoan declines in church attendance.

Business creation? Nonimmigrants start businesses at half the rate of immigrants, and accounted for fewer than half the companies started in Silicon Valley between 1995 and 2005. Overall, the share of nonimmigrant entrepreneurs fell by more than 10 percentage points between 1995 and 2008, according to a Harvard Business Review study.

Nor does the case against nonimmigrants end there. The rate of out-of-wedlock births for United States-born mothers exceeds the rate for foreign-born moms, 42 percent to 33 percent. The rate of delinquency and criminality among nonimmigrant teens considerably exceeds that of their immigrant peers. A recent report by the Sentencing Project also finds evidence that the fewer immigrants there are in a neighborhood, the likelier it is to be unsafe.

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Immigrants cheering at the start of a naturalization ceremony in Atlanta last fall.CreditDavid Goldman/Associated Press

And then there’s the all-important issue of demographics. The race for the future is ultimately a race for people — healthy, working-age, fertile people — and our nonimmigrants fail us here, too. “The increase in the overall number of U.S. births, from 3.74 million in 1970 to 4.0 million in 2014, is due entirely to births to foreign-born mothers,” reports the Pew Research Center. Without these immigrant moms, the United States would be faced with the same demographic death spiral that now confronts Japan.

Bottom line: So-called real Americans are screwing up America. Maybe they should leave, so that we can replace them with new and better ones: newcomers who are more appreciative of what the United States has to offer, more ambitious for themselves and their children, and more willing to sacrifice for the future. In other words, just the kind of people we used to be — when “we” had just come off the boat.

O.K., so I’m jesting about deporting “real Americans” en masse. (Who would take them in, anyway?) But then the threat of mass deportations has been no joke with this administration.

Yet the administration is still committed to deporting their parents, and on Friday the D.H.S. announced that even DACA remains under review — another cruel twist for young immigrants wondering if they’ll be sent back to “home” countries they hardly ever knew, and whose language they might barely even speak.

Beyond the inhumanity of toying with people’s lives this way, there’s also the shortsightedness of it. We do not usually find happiness by driving away those who would love us. Businesses do not often prosper by firing their better employees and discouraging job applications. So how does America become great again by berating and evicting its most energetic, enterprising, law-abiding, job-creating, idea-generating, self-multiplying and God-fearing people?

Because I’m the child of immigrants and grew up abroad, I have always thought of the United States as a country that belongs first to its newcomers — the people who strain hardest to become a part of it because they realize that it’s precious; and who do the most to remake it so that our ideas, and our appeal, may stay fresh.

That used to be a cliché, but in the Age of Trump it needs to be explained all over again. We’re a country of immigrants — by and for them, too. Americans who don’t get it should get out.

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10 Comments / 10 Comments

  1. Abolish_public_education

    Oh, yeah.

    Get those public skool parents OUT of the USA!

  2. Sebastien Zorn

    So it’s ok if the steal our jobs and blow us up if they are more productive?

  3. Sebastien Zorn

    I am the child and great grand child of immigrants who came legally, assimilated and obeyed the law. It is not the same thing at all.

  4. Sebastien Zorn

    He’s being facetious but population replacement is in fact the crux of the red/green programme. The socialists imagine they will have a chance against the Muslims after they get rid of the rest of us. Yeah, right. Look at how well that worked in Iran.

  5. Sebastien Zorn

    He is being facetious but population replacement is how they plan to effect their revolution, hence “anri-racism” and “Islamophobia.” The pod people are here for real.

  6. Abolish_public_education

    @ Sebastien Zorn:
    Your comments lead me to think that you should be deported back to where your grand/parents fled.

  7. sabashimon

    My only question is…..what happened to Bret Stephens? Reminds me of Wolf Blitzer, who once was a right-leaning and responsible journalist back in his JPost days (way back when the JPost was a decent read), but who now I can’t even stand to see his face or hear his voice.

  8. Sebastien Zorn

    @ Abolish_public_education:
    Don’t be rude. Politeness is a two way street. And the simplistic and irrelevant mantra that you plug into every comment is trying pretty much everybody’s patience.

  9. Sebastien Zorn

    The only mass deportations going on are of illegal aliens with criminal records. The author is setting up a straw man argument — which is what Leftists do. If he thinks that illegal aliens with criminal records have done more for this country than native born law abiding American citizens then that says more about contempt for his countrymen and lack of patriotism than anything else.

  10. Sebastien Zorn

    @ Abolish_public_education:
    Still, could be worse. Reminds me of the time a drunken European – total stranger – in a bar interrupted a conversation I was having with a young lady during the Iraq War and to lean into my face and tell me that all Americans should be gassed, that I should be gassed. In a bar full of Americans. He meant Jews. Are you Jewish, Abe? You’ve never answered, and I have my doubts. If you are, you’re one sick puppy.

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