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April 28, 2008

Immigration on Video

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Learn some of the basics about our current immigration mess from Vdare's Ed Rubenstein: Part One, Part Two. An arresting fact from Ed's presentation: Immigrants and their children will account for 80% of U.S. population growth through mid-century. Heather Mac Donald spells out some further costs. A standout fact from Heather's talk: Since 1989, over 70% of the growth of the health-care uninsured in the U.S. comes from immigrants and their children. George Borjas goes into the topic in considerable depth here. Fun fact from George's talk: Nearly 15% of the American workforce is now foreign-born. In 1970, that figure was less than 5%. How about California's workforce? It's now over one-third foreign-born.



posted by Michael at April 28, 2008


USA Today had a story about how the US population could hit 1 billion by the year 2100.

I agree that the number of people sounds plausible, but my question is more basic: will the United States still exist in any meaningful way?

Demographic trends suggest (to me, anyway) that the country will probably by then be about 80% or more ethnically Hispanic, Spanish will be the dominant language, and our culture will be Latin, not Atlantic. Any remaining ties to our founding as a society with its roots in Protestantism, English common law, and private property rights will be so distant in society's rear view mirror as to render them meaningless to the vast majority of the population. The USA and Mexico will have long since merged in all aspects, except perhaps in the strictest legal sense - you'll have two neighboring countries that are basically Mexican by ethnicity, language, and culture.

Will it be a horrible place? Probably not, but I doubt very much it'll be an improvement over what we are now.

Posted by: c.o. jones on April 29, 2008 3:40 PM

A billion by 2100? Oh, no, say it ain't so. That's so depressing. Why are people standing for it?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on April 29, 2008 3:47 PM

They aren't. It's just a question of whether Americans will allow so many third-worlders into their country that the new citizens simply vote to keep the floodgates open. Or open them wider. shut the f*cking door. Before it's too late. I'm still hopeful.

Posted by: PatrickH on April 29, 2008 8:30 PM

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