by Kung Fu Zu 8/14/13
Now we must ask “where do the illegal aliens come from?” While this is impossible to answer with complete certainty, it is interesting to note that according to one Arizona publication, “most (91%) deported illegal aliens come from 4 countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Other countries which had over 1,000 deportees included Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, China and Peru, i.e. five out of seven are Spanish-speaking and another Portuguese. The Heritage Foundation estimates similar numbers, putting the portion of illegal aliens from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin American at 84%.
Why is this important? In the largest sense, it is a question of assimilation. How can it be advantageous for the U.S.A. to allow the illegal immigration of millions of people from one general geographic and cultural area, almost all of whom speak the same foreign language? Apologists for illegal immigration say we had similar influxes of non-English speakers in the past and that these people assimilated within a generation or two of their arrival. To those people, I would like to point out that those immigrants came from many different countries and when they arrived here, they were very far from their home countries. For various reasons, they had to assimilate to be successful. This is not the case with many of today’s illegal immigrants.
The U.S.A. and Mexico have a contiguous border of almost 2,000 miles, which is not exactly sealed. It is estimated that something like 500,000 new illegal immigrants enter the U.S.A. each year. Add this to the already huge number of Spanish speakers already here illegally or otherwise, and you have a growing percentage of the population which does not speak English with an ever decreasing need to learn it. There are areas in many U.S. cities where Spanish is already the lingua franca. If you do not believe Spanish is becoming one of the two de facto languages of the U.S.A., simply make a telephone call to your bank, credit card provider, an airline, or any number of other businesses and you will be asked if you wish the call to be in English or Spanish.
I have nothing against speaking several languages. I am fluent in one foreign language and can get by in a couple of others, if necessary. But I have a big problem with the Balkanization of the U.S.A. and that is exactly what is happening. We are effectively dividing the country into different linguistic areas, which can only harm the country. Without going into great detail, I ask my readers to consider the word Balkanization. It refers to the Balkans, an area which is populated by different ethnic groups with different languages and cultures. The region has been troubled for centuries and the problems have arisen out of different nationalities, languages and cultures.
Other countries also have problems due to diversity of language and culture. Here are a few examples:
Canada: where the French speaking Quebecois have tried for years to secede from the rest of the English speaking country. They appear to be quiescent, but could come alive again.
Belgium: which went over a year without a national government and was on the brink of dissolution due to the deep seated differences between the Dutch speaking Flems and French speaking Walloons.
Spain: where the Basque terrorist group ETA carried out a violent campaign seeking complete autonomy. There are also major disagreements between the Castilians and Catalans.
The former Czechoslovakia didn’t last three years after the fall of communism. The country split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia even though the languages of each are much closer than English and Spanish.
Since the end of Empire, much of Africa has been at war. To a large extent, these wars have been between different tribes fighting for supremacy in various countries. The reason these intra-country struggles could take place is because the Colonial powers drew up national boundaries based on European political interests, not on local linguistic and tribal reality.
I could go on, but I believe the point is clear. If the U.S.A. is to remain strong, it must maintain a dominant linguistic and cultural tradition.
This does not mean we need to stop immigration, although it might be a good idea to reduce it for a few years in order to help speed assimilation by those who have come here legally.
We need to have a serious look at our present immigration policy as regards the national origins of future immigrants, and the type of individual immigrant we are seeking. In my opinion, we need to be careful about allowing an over-preponderance of people from one linguistic and cultural area. On the individual basis, we should try to attract those who can contribute the most to our country without having to rely on our welfare system for support. • (1824 views)