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By Philippe Legrain 3 COMMENTS

Perennial presidential failure Pat Buchanan has written yet another polemic
warning of the apocalyptic consequences to the US of immigration. According to a
leaked excerpt of State of Emergency: Third World Invasion and Conquest of
on the Drudge
, his new book begins thus:

The children born in 2006 will witness in their lifetimes the death of the
West. One in every twelve people breaking into America has a criminal
record. By 2050, there will be 100 million Hispanics concentrated in
the US Southwest.

Mad Pat accuses the Mexican government of the Aztlan Plot, a deliberate campaign to use America as a dumping ground for its poor and unemployed, both to relieve social pressure and effect a cultural reannexation of the American Southwest.

In his final chapter, “Last Chance”, he lays out a national plan to deal with the State of Emergency before it makes an end of America: deporting illegal immigrants; a ten-year moratorium on legal immigration at 150,000 to 250,000 a year; and a $10-billion, 2,000-mile double-line security fence between the United States and Mexico.

Millions of deportees? Better order the cattle cars now. Buchanan’s Last Chance solution would turn America into a police state. Perhaps that’s what fascists like him secretly want. As for his double-line security fence, they had one like that running through Berlin – and a shoot-to-kill policy to boot – and still people crossed. Thank goodness immigrants are brave enough to risk their lives to come to America to do the jobs US-born people can’t or won’t do.

Posted 22 Aug 2006 in Blog
  1. Dave says:

    You’re wrong. When you can’t get a job because you aren’t bilingual due to the large amount of mexicans here who don’t speak English, something’s wrong. When more tax dollars are spent on healthcare for these lawbreakers than are contributed by them to the economy, something’s wrong. When crime rates rise precipitously in illegal immigrant areas, something’s wrong. When multiculturalism dictates that states offer all services to these immigrants in their own language, something’s wrong. When the numbers of these illegals, who will work for peanuts, enter into a particular industry and drive down the labor rate, who can afford to feed their family? It’s not that we won’t do the job…it’s that large numbers of illegals drive down the rate of pay and THEN we can’t work there, due to the insufficiency of pay.
    The only thing I’m grateful for is that they aren’t muslim…those problems can be left to Germany and other assorted old europe countries whose industries were looking for cheap solutions.

  2. ignatius says:

    Dave, you will never stop the tide of immigration. People want to come, they will. They’ve got nothing to lose. The only way out for so-called losers of immigration is “upwards”. Government policy should be more about having people acquire skills – it’s great to be bilingual, you know – to make the best out of this competition. It is the illegal status (decided by a government restrictive on immigration) of those immigrants which makes them victms of low-wages and exploitation, and thus “unfair” competition for the locals. In Europe, problems with “Muslims” are more the result of a failure to give those people opportunities than a religious problem per se. Europe has been having muslims in their countries since the 1960s-70s. Problems arose in the 1980s and 1990s. The logic of closure leads, ultimately, to concentration camps.
    Thanks Philippe for your courageous views!

  3. Lurker says:

    Ignatius, care to explain how Japan is making out without all those immigrants – or China?

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