A Nation of Immigrants, Only If They Assimilate
Feb 28, 2017 by Dennis Prager
I am writing this column in Japan, a country whose crime rate is the lowest among countries with large populations. I asked my Japanese translator, a middle-aged woman, what she thought.
“Why is there is so little crime in Japan?” I asked.
Without taking a moment to reflect, she responded, “Because we don’t allow immigration.”
Anyone who visits Japan is struck by the ethnic homogeneity of the nation. If you meet a Caucasian, a black or a Hispanic in Japan, you can be all but certain that the person is visiting or studying there, not a citizen.
Likewise in the United States, there is direct correlation between ethnic homogeneity and low levels of violence. According to 2016-2017 data, the four states with the lowest percentages of violence are:
- Vermont — where 95 percent of the population is one race (white).
- Maine — where 95 percent of the population is one race (white).
- Wyoming — where roughly 93 percent of the population is one race (white).
- New Hampshire — where roughly 94 percent of the population is one race (white).
Sweden, which for much of its modern history has had among the world’s lowest rates of violent crime, was almost always as homogenous as Japan. Now that it has admitted hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa, it is no longer a homogenous country, and its levels of violence have increased dramatically.
All this leads to a particular rule, which is, in order to maintain a low crime rate and social stability, a country has only two choices: Do not allow immigrants into the country, or allow immigrants into the country, but be certain to assimilate them into the native population as quickly as possible.
The second choice has been America’s choice throughout most of its history, and it has been uniquely successful in shaping people from all over the world and from every background into one nation known as Americans. One of America’s three fundamental principles has been e pluribus unum, or “out of many” (the other two, as our coinage testifies, are liberty and In God We Trust). And that is precisely what America has done.
But since the 1960s, the left has supplanted e pluribus unum and its national American identity with the antithetical doctrines of diversity and multiculturalism.
Diversity and multiculturalism celebrate the national/ethnic identities of the nations from where American immigrants came instead of celebrating the American identity and traditional American values.
The result is the beginning of the end of the United States as we have known it since its inception.
The left constantly repeats “we are a nation of immigrants” without citing the other half of that fact — “who assimilate into America.” The left mocks the once-universally held American belief in the melting pot. But the melting pot is the only way for a country composed of immigrants to build a cohesive society.
America was never just “a nation of immigrants.” America was always a nation of immigrants who sought to become — or at least were taught by American public schools and by the general American culture to become — Americans.
If America becomes a nation of nonassimilating immigrants, or a nation consisting of nonassimilating ethnic, racial and national groups who are already here, it will cease being a glorious idea and become just another nation torn by conflicting interest groups. These various groups will fight one another — first verbally and then, perhaps, violently (and America will see more and more violence) — just as France, Sweden and Germany have seen since they began taking in millions of immigrants, many of whom have no intention of becoming Frenchmen, Swedes or Germans.
Contrary to one of the left’s more mendacious claims, diversity has not been America’s great strength. America’s great strength has been forging an American identity out of diversity.
But the left, with its identity politics and commitment to multiculturalism — as expressed, for example, by ballots in dozens of languages, the proliferation of ethnic studies departments at universities and the allowance of all-black dorms and graduation ceremonies — is undoing that.
If you want to understand the immigration crisis, just know that because the left has undone the second choice, it has made the first choice — Japan’s choice — look tenable to many for the first time in American history.
Several congressional Democrats reportedly plan to bring Muslim clients of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and recipients of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to President Donald Trump’s first joint address to Congress Tuesday evening.
According to the Hill, several of the Muslim ACLU clients these Democratic lawmakers are taking as their guests this evening have been affected by Trump’s temporary travel ban.
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) is reportedly bringing Sara Yarjani, an Iranian graduate student who was detained for 23 hours at Los Angeles International Airport and later deported; Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) will bring Hameed Darweesh, an Iraqi who was detained for 18 hours at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport last month; Rep. Jim Langevin’s (D-RI) guest is Dr. Ehsun Mirza, a Muslim American immigrant; Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) will host Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, founder of the Syrian Community Network; and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) will bring Aneelah Afzali, founder of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), as her guest.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who sponsored the BRIDGE Act, which seeks to continue President Barack Obama’s DACA policy, has invited a Muslim American DACA recipient as his guest.
BRIDGE stands for “Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow Our Economy Act.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also sponsored the bill.
According to Politico, Durbin invited Aaima Sayed, a medical student whose parents brought her to the U.S. when she was three, to the address.
“Would the United States be better off if Aaima is deported to Pakistan, where she hasn’t lived since she was a toddler, instead of using her talent as a physician to help low-income Americans? The answer is clear,” Durbin reportedly said in a statement. He added, “I am honored to host this gifted young medical student as my guest. I hope her presence reminds President Trump what’s at stake in the debate over DACA: the lives of more than 750,000 innocent young people and the well-being of entire communities.”
According to the Migration Policy Institute, 67 percent of DACA-eligible individuals in the United States come from Mexico, five percent come from Guatemala, three percent from El Salvador, another three percent come from Korea, and two percent hail from Honduras.
Politico reported that other Democrats who plan to bring DACA recipients to Trump’s address include Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI).
During a recent press conference, Trump said, “We’re gonna show great heart. DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me.” He added, “To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids. … I love these kids. I love kids. I have kids and grandkids. And I find it very, very hard doing what the law says exactly to do, and, you know, the law is rough.”
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Ways and Means Chair Brady: Border Adjustment Tax How Congress Turns Trump Rhetoric into Reality
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee told Breitbart News the new Border Adjustment Tax is the way for Capitol Hill conservatives to support President Donald Trump’s efforts to reform the tax code and reverse American trade disadvantages, as well as unleashing trillions of dollars currently sitting on the sidelines.
“We know what our competitors do to beat us,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R.-Texas), who took over one of the House’s most powerful committees from Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) upon Ryan’s taking up the gavel.
“China, Canada, Germany, Mexico, and these others, they beat us on low rates, but not anymore,” Brady said. “They border adjust.”
The chairman said virtually every other country in the world has a system in place, where they take major taxes off of a product as it is exported to the United States and they slap a tax on products coming into their country from the United States.
Brady said the president is deeply involved with the chairman’s tax reform effort, because it lines up with his campaign rhetoric.
“President Trump gets it,” he said.
“He knows it is not a level playing field and American workers and American communities are really getting hurt by this, so we are having very good discussions about how to end the ‘Made in America Tax’,” he said.
“I am very encouraged with our talks with President Trump,” Brady added.
Helping Brady’s cause is the popular support for what he promises the Border Adjustment Tax achieves.
According to a confidential poll by Trump campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio and his partner David Lee that is circulating Capitol Hill offices and was made available to Breitbart News, 58 percent of the voters in 14 states key support the BAT, and 29 oppose it. Among Republicans, 80 percent support the BAT with Democrats split: 45 percent oppose and 39 percent support.
The poll asked: “(Some/Other) people say that they would prefer a tax code that incentivizes foreign-made goods imported and sold in American stores for lower prices. (Some/Other) People say that they would prefer a tax code that incentivizes American manufacturing of goods to be sold in American stores and exported throughout the world.“
Seventy-seven percent chose to incentivize American goods, and 13 percent chose to incentivize foreign goods.
The poll was conducted among 1,000 registered voters from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22 in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Fifty-four percent of the calls were made over landlines, and 44 percent were made on cell phones. The poll carries a 3.1 percent margin of error with a 95 percent level of confidence.
Brady’s BAT is not a small piece of the puzzle; it is the puzzle. It is estimated that the tax will reassign a macro tax burden by roughly $1 trillion, or about one-third of federal revenues.
The legislative lift alone is massive, given that this is the most significant restructuring of the tax code since President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 reform. That reform reduced the individual tax code to three brackets, lowered the rates, and eliminated hundreds if not thousands of tax breaks.
The BAT’s $1 trillion haul then allows conservatives to achieve long overdue items on their agenda, such as the full repeal of the tax on estates, lowering the tax rates on personal and business taxes, and elimination of the tax code’s infestation of tax loopholes written in for special interests.
Brady said the estimates vary, but it is safe to say that American businesses are sitting on $6 trillion in cash that they were unwilling to use to hire new workers or invest.
“Because of President Obama’s constant attack on the free enterprise system, businesses didn’t feel comfortable unleashing that investment,” he said.
“Under the Republican blueprint, we allow businesses to immediately write off from their taxes all their new investment, new buildings, new equipment, new technology, and new software,” the Texan said.
“We’ll bring all that investment off the sidelines and inject it right into the US economy,” he said. “That’s where you are going to see lots of growth as well.”
Under the current system, low American trade barriers and the tax rebate other countries offer on exports means that American companies have a solid incentive to move manufacturing overseas and then send their products into the United States as our competitors do.
Brady said the BAT equals out that disadvantage and fosters an environment where businesses are comfortable hiring and investing.
During the campaign, Trump promised to lower the business tax to 15 percent from its current 35 percent. This rate is one of the highest in the world and creates the conditions for lawmakers to give their friends tax breaks.
Were Congress to lower the business tax from 35 percent, there would be less reason to hire lobbyists to secure a tax loophole.
One other advantage of lowering the business tax rate is the estimated $2.5 trillion parked overseas by companies unwilling to pay 35 percent off the top when they bring those profits home–those funds suddenly become reasonable to repatriate, he said. “Those profits, stranded overseas, we want them reinvested in America in new jobs, new research, and new growth.”
The chairman said his goal is to have the bill marked up out of committee by the end of spring and signed into law before the end of 2017.
“You want to give the Senate plenty of time to act on their tax reform as well,” he said.
“After 30 years, the prospects of getting tax reform done this year are the best they have ever looked.”
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