LifeZette, By Brigitte Gabriel, September 19, 2018:
When did our immigration system start functioning like a charity to benefit third-world countries rather than America?
When did it become the case that the interests of foreigners should take precedent over those of American citizens?
It’s a peculiar thing. A massive wave of third-world immigration has been engulfing America for half a century, yet all American citizens hear about from the “lamestream” media is what a racist, intolerant country we have. As their thinking goes, if we don’t openly accept millions of individuals who have no desire to embrace the language, culture and values that made America the greatest country in the history of the world, then we must be racists.
It’s not the elites who have suffered the consequences of hundreds of thousands of unvetted foreigners flocking to the United States or had their communities transformed, endangered and eroded by 10 million illegal aliens.
It’s the average American citizen who bears that burden.
How it all started. Before 1965, immigration generally worked to benefit Americans. But that all changed when Democratic politicians came up with a scheme to change the demographics of the United States to electorally favor the Democratic Party.
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (H.R. 2580, enacted June 30, 1968), also known as the Hart-Celler Act, eliminated the concept of quotas that had been in place for several decades.
Rep. Emanuel Celler of New York sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives, Sen. Philip Hart of Michigan sponsored it in the Senate, and Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts bent over backwards to help promote it.
By removing the concept of national quotas, this bill significantly, and in my opinion intentionally, transformed the demographic makeup of the United States forever.
The new law changed the order of preference for visa categories that focused on family relationships with citizens or U.S. residents, rather than the skills that had previously taken precedent in visa decisions. If this was a scheme by the Democrats, as I believe it was, then it was a brilliant one.
From then on, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and “special immigrants” had no restrictions or quotas, regardless of skill or country of origin. Let the chain migration begin!
Self-imposed suicide. America is actively being transformed before our very eyes. A nation that defeated the mighty British Empire to gain its independence, that helped defeat Hitler, that beat the menacing Soviet Union, put a man on the moon, pioneered countless scientific and medical breakthroughs, and changed the world forever is now strangling itself with its own suicidal blindness.
Many Americans know that immigrants are not assimilating to our culture. When polled by Pew Research, two-thirds of adults said that immigrants in the United States today “generally want to hold onto their home country customs and way of life,” and 59 percent of Americans also said, “Most recent immigrants do not learn English within a reasonable amount of time.”
Despite lectures about our racist intolerance from politically correct elitists, the United States has the world’s largest immigrant population, and it’s not even close. One in five of the world’s immigrants live in the U.S., and our foreign-born population since 1965 has gone from 5 percent to 14 percent today and will push it to a projected record of 18 percent in 2065.
Don’t be fooled by leftist lies about how this immigration explosion has always been the norm for our nation. The number of U.S. immigrants between 1965 and 2015 was 59 million, surpassing the European-dominated immigration waves during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Today, only 12 percent of our immigrants originate from Europe, the percentage of immigrants we take from Africa and the Middle East has quadrupled since the early 20th century, and those from the Middle East are predominantly Muslims, as opposed to Christians.
Between 1840 and 1889, 14.3 million immigrants arrived in the United States, compared to 18.2 million between 1890 and 1919. More importantly, the immigrants America was taking in prior to 1965 were overwhelmingly from countries far more likely to share our values and Western culture.
After the replacement of the nation’s European-focused quota system, immigration from non-Western countries exploded. By comparison, both of the U.S. immigration waves in the mid-19th century and early 20th century consisted almost entirely of European immigrants. While the Left likes to brand this a racist historical policy, it would make sense for us to take in mostly Western-hailing immigrants considering this is a Western nation!
Between 1890 and 1919, 88 percent of immigrants to the United States came from Europe. A mere 2 percent of immigrants during that time period came from the Middle East, and those who did were mostly Christians fleeing persecution and who shared our values.
Immigrants from Africa during this time were mostly students. Now, only 12 percent of our immigrants originate from Europe, the percentage of immigrants we take from Africa and the Middle East has quadrupled since the early 20th century, and those from the Middle East are predominantly Muslims, as opposed to Christians.
In 1993, Islamic terrorists, most of them immigrants, made their first attempt at bringing down the World Trade Center when a truck filled with a 1,200-pound nitrate-hydrogen gas bomb exploded inside the parking garage beneath the buildings. The hope of the jihadis who orchestrated the attack was to send the North Tower crashing into the South Tower, bringing both towers down simultaneously and killing tens of thousands in the process.
At the time of the first World Trade Center attack, the U.S. Muslim population was approximately 1 million. Since then, that number has more than tripled, to about 3.45 million.
What kind of response is this to a potentially catastrophic terrorist attack? It not only continued to allow massive immigration from the Islamic world, but it also tripled the Islamic population in America in two decades, while we’ve been at war with radical Islamic terrorism.
We can’t be afraid to speak the truth when our values, culture, and very lives are being threatened. The worst part is, we’re doing it to ourselves.
We’ve come too far as a society to have radical leftists destroy us from within.
It’s time for a return to borders, culture, and the protection of our citizens over politically correct endangerment.
Brigitte Gabriel is a New York Times best-selling author, terrorism expert and the Founder and Chairman of Act for America. Her new book, “Rise: In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom,” was released on September 11