[A specious rhetorical] device used by immigration proponents is the non sequitur, in which some negative fact about immigration is countered by some positive fact about immigration, which is wholly unrelated to the negative fact. For example, if you say that “Immigration is balkanizing America,” you’re likely to hear responses such as these:
• “Hispanic immigrants are better workers than blacks.”
• “Diversity enriches us.”
• “Immigrants are needed to fill jobs.”
• “Immigrants strengthen the economy.”
• “Immigrants bring good family values.”
Even if all of those assertions were true, they would be completely beside the point. If you learned that a glass of milk you were about to drink contained an ingredient that would make you seriously ill, the fact that the milk also contained lots of vitamins and minerals would not matter to you. Similarly, if current immigration is causing irreversible harm to our country, then the fact that immigration may also provide some benefits is irrelevant. It is the total impact of immigration that matters. Immigration proponents who stress the positive, transient effects of immigration while ignoring the negative, irreversible consequences are engaged in a dangerous con game.
Now (see the picture above), in 2015 and in the context of Syrian "refugees," someone has finally crafted the right illustration for those boldfaced words from 1997. Bon appetit, open-borders enthusiasts!
While we're on the subject of Syrian "refugees," faithful VDARE.com readers should all sign (electronically) the online petition to the White House for a moratorium on Mideast-sourced "refugees" that you'll find here; it'll take, at most, a couple of minutes for the entire process. If you need further explanation, please see this earlier blog entry.