“Triple” Legal Immigration? Say It Ain`t So, Lou Dobbs!
Regular viewers of
Lou Dobbs Tonight (LDT) who have a critical eye
(like me) have long noticed certain
glaring omissions in the weekday news hour show`s
almost daily coverage of the immigration issue. While
admirably strong on Washington`s malfeasance
law and borders, LDT`s reports about the
environmental effects of an unrelenting tide of
foreigners are rare indeed.
A brand new book (The Uprising
David Sirota) quotes Lou Dobbs as saying that
tripling the number of legal
immigrants would be a fine thing. Dobbs has stated
more than once that he supports increased legal
immigration, so the quote is entirely believable.
Here`s the quote, from page 196:
" `If we are to have a
national debate and a
national dialogue and a decision about national
policy and we make a judgment that we`re
going to raise immigration levels—let`s say that we
double them, let`s say that we triple them—sign me up,`
he says. `There`s nothing in me that is a restrictionist
whatsoever, and I realize that separates me from others
who are against illegal immigration on the basis that there
is too much immigration. I don`t believe that. I do
believe that we`re not in control of our immigration
policies or what`s happening in this country. And that
leaves me in despair.`
Dobbs has made similar statements on his show. But
the "triple" is specific and new.
“[CASEY] WIAN: A
CBS-New York Times poll released Friday shows
only 20 percent of U.S. residents believe legal
immigration should be increased; 74 percent say it
should be decreased or stay the same.”
Does Dobbs believe that professing support for vastly
increased numbers would take some of the heat off? If
so, he severely underestimates the
savagery of his critics. His repeated efforts to
reasonably debate the issue with
Raza boss Janet Murguia merely gave her a lot of
air time on LDT before she
dreaded hate speech accusation that finally killed
attempts at friendliness.
Lou Dobbs has avoided discussing cultural issues.
Other than warning of the
social consequences resulting from
half of Hispanic males dropping out of
high school, he has not explored the
cultural dissonance of Mexico as a major immigrant
The southerly narco-state is one of the least
attractive contributors of new immigrants one can
social norms of
negativity toward education,
admiration for crime,
various levels of society, crude
sexism and strong
Marxican tendencies. But Dobbs won`t go there.
As usual, ordinary Americans understand the largely
negative effect of immigration better than the media
elite. Most of the problems incurred with chaotic
illegal immigration would continue and worsen if
Washington were to vastly increase legal immigration,
illegal entry were completely ended. Some of the
worst criminals and public health risks might be kept
out….or maybe not. Given the backlog, inefficiency and
corruption that exist now in processing legal
immigrants, the bureaucratic overload alone should be
seen as prohibitive.
More importantly, how many and which immigrants are
should not be determined by the would-be immigrants
themselves—a common assumption among
open-borders liberals. Nor should it be decided by
the business owners, for whom workers can never be too
cheap or too exploitable.
The decision of who and how many belongs in the
hands of the American people.
Assimilation is under attack as never before. And
that process has to do with two factors: the number of
immigrants and the political will that immigrants should
become part of the national community.
Polls show that Americans still have traditional
expectations of newcomers. A 2005
Rasmussen poll found 67 percent believed immigrants
should "adopt America`s culture, language, and
Fox News poll from last winter reported that 61
percent of voters surveyed would choose a President who
represents the "shared values of Americans"
rather than one who "celebrates the wide diversity"
What`s different is the escalating number of
immigrants. And when, for example, the
majority of kids in a classroom are
Spanish-speaking Mexicans with a Hispanic teacher,
how do the children learn to become Americans?
As the Center for Immigration Studies` Steve Camarota
observed, "Traditionally you had in the US an
immigrant child learning to swim in a sea of native
children, but increasingly it is the children of natives
lost in a sea of children of immigrants." [How
Well Are Muslims Fitting In, By Howard LaFranch,
Christian Science Monitor, July 19, 2005]
For a description of how kids learned American
history and culture in an earlier time, see Victor Davis
Hanson`s excellent remembrance of his own education in
California`s Central Valley:
The Civic Education America Needs [City
Journal Summer 2002].
" `When it comes to second-language learners, the
most important thing is not to get bogged down in
ideology, but figure out what works,` Obama says. `Everybody
should be bilingual, or everybody should be
trilingual.` The comments drew loud applause. […]
“He says he thinks
everyone should get a bilingual education in the
United States, not just English as a first language
blog: `Everybody should be bilingual`,
Boulder Daily Camera, May 28, 2008]
Sen Obama claims to speak
"Indonesian and a little Spanish." His
website has a page for Spanish-speaking teachers to
profess their admiration and well-founded hope for job
security under a BHO presidency:
Bilingual Educators for Obama.
It looks like utopian bilingualism—the
requirement that every American will speak Spanish—is
part of the blurry "change" Obama is
peddling. But the candidate is responding to a
accumulating since 1965.
Most of the
30 million Mexicans who reside here did not come to
become Americans and join our national community:
came for the
money only, and harbor resentment against this
country for imagined theft of territory.
The expanded numbers Lou Dobbs recommends will have
cultural and political consequences. Toxic levels of
diversity are tearing the cultural fabric of this nation
apart. Yet Dobbs wants more of same. So why then does he
think immigration is as an important issue at all?
If the tens of millions of unassimilated foreigners
using America as their ATM come under a misguided scheme
of lawful immigration on steroids, how is that an
Can Dobbs not see the problem here?
Say it ain`t so, Lou!
in Northern California and
publishes two websites,
She assures readers that
thoughts of Mexico are foremost in her mind every time
she turns on the tap under the
mandatory water restrictions of Alameda County.