Friday, February 23, 2018

American generosity cannot save Third World countries

As a subscriber to the SCN, I would like to comment on “Appalled” from Kathleen Ralph that appeared in the Jan. 18 edition.
To read Ms. Ralph’s letter, one is left with the impression that America somehow benefits when another planeload of refugees from Haiti or Oogabooga arrive on U.S. soil.
The fact is that American generosity cannot save the Third World from itself, no matter how many choruses of Kumbaya we sing or how many refugees we bring to our shores.
The cold, hard fact is that most Third World areas including Haiti and Africa are bottomless rat-holes that even the best efforts of the Western World cannot plug.
Ms. Ralph glowingly cites the Nigerian migrant as an example of success. Truth is, Nigeria is just another failed state. Back in 2001, Nigeria bled-off $98 million in American dollars. That sum increased year by year to the point where in 2017 American aid totaled $700 million. Why should the American worker subsidize Nigeria while the Nigerian people themselves abandon their homeland instead of fighting to save it as our Founding Fathers did for us?
The foreign-born population living in the USA has increased so rapidly that it could break a 125-year-old record within the next decade. The percentage of people living in the USA who were born outside the country reached 13.7 percent in 2015 and is projected to hit a record 14.9 percent in 2025. The country’s previous high of 14.8 percent was set in 1890, when waves of Irish, Italian, Polish and other immigrants were coming to the USA. President Trump’s effort to decrease immigration to America is not without historical precedence.
As a direct result of the flood of European immigrants, The Immigration Act of 1924 was enacted. It limited the overall number of immigrants and established quotas based on nationality.
Among other things, the act sharply reduced immigrants from Eastern Europe and Africa. And it completely restricted immigrants from Asia, except for Japan and the Philippines.
The act also made more visas available to people from Britain and Western Europe. In all of its parts, the most basic purpose of the 1924 Immigration Act was to preserve the ideal of U.S. homogeneity. Put simply, America chose to preserve and protect her ethnic, religious and racial mix from dilution by any one group of immigrants. There is nothing “racist” about wanting to preserve our American culture. It is not “white supremacy” to acknowledge the accomplishments of our overwhelmingly Christian, European heritage.
We are at a crossroads here in America. The cultural tipping point is fast approaching. Let us have an open and honest debate on the subject of immigration which recognizes the uniqueness of the American Journey. God forgive us if our great grandchildren someday look at our headstones and say “Why didn’t you do something when you had the chance?”
-Jim Guelde
Meeteetse, Wyoming