Do you care about being protected?
While it is easy enough to plan against home invasion (locking your doors and installing an alarm system, for instance), reduce your chances of being mugged (staying out of high crime locales), decrease the odds of street crime in your neighborhood (joining the community watch), or even guard against being fatally wounded (flak vests are available to the general public), at the end of the day, if the government is not willing to assist on matters far beyond your control, expect a bad situation to develop and worsen.
So, what duty does Uncle Sam have to protect us?
Article IV of the Constitution lays it out nicely: "The United States shall guarantee a republican form of government to every State in the Union and they shall protect each state against invasion and on application of the legislature, or the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened), against domestic violence."
The bold and italic is my own doing, but you get the point: America's federal government is mandated to protect those under its jurisdiction from invaders. Now consider the declaration of someone who served in the aforementioned legislature.
"For the next generation, controlling immigration will be one of the main challenges facing all the industrial nations.
"The driving force behind international migration is population growth in the Third World. The built-in momentum for the growth in human numbers is scarcely believable."
Is that not ever the truth! Whose truth, though? Just who wrote these words? Senator Eugene McCarthy, one of the most prominent progressive Democrats in the last century.
"Unemployment and under-employment rates in the less-developed countries are already 40 percent or more in many instances," he specified. "The developed countries are cutting jobs left and right. Even the United States government is cutting its work force by 10 percent; more than 200,000 jobs! State and local governments are likewise freezing or reducing payrolls. The future will see more and more people seeking to fill a job base that already is not broad enough to provide decent employment for existing applicants."
The future McCarthy warned about is our present. His appeal to reason was delivered in 1994, when The Immigration Invasion, the book in which it can be found, was published. This volume is dated, yet its age adds a dimension most worthwhile on our day. It reads as a prophetic understanding of how a first world superpower like the United States can crumble from within should it take that fabled command cast onto the Statue of Liberty -- "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." -- seriously.
Indeed, Emma Lazarus, the nineteenth century author of said dictate, would quickly regret her creation. Shortly before she died, the impact of large-scale immigration from poor countries became undeniable to her as a New Yorker. Her sorrow, while admirable, proved too little too late.
Now, living with the legacy of Lazarus's concoction, Wayne Lutton and John Tanton, the former of whom now edits The Social Contract Press while the latter founded a series of organizations designed to curb overpopulation, have outlined where the United States's chips have fallen. They detail how new immigrants grow ever-more parasitic on the revenues of not only federal, but local and state governments. The sobering reality that the immigration rate exceeds the employment generation one paints a stark picture of America's economic fortunes, not to mention the social fabric it is woven into.
Care about jail overcrowding? 25 percent of federal detainees are in this country unlawfully. Legislation designed to assist refugees or those seeking asylum are manipulated on a severe level. High levels of immigration are not just relevant to dollars and cents; they are shifting the balance of American political power.
Mind you, all of this was circa 1994. The trends Lutton and Tanton called out a quarter century ago have only gained speed, expanding to awesome heights. Should you want to discover not only how the economic and demographic situations in America became what they are, but how politics became so rancorous over immigration and matters relevant to it, The Immigration Invasion is a must-read.
Of the writing done by Lutton and Tanton, McCarthy -- who died in 2005 -- said the following: "When this kind of candid analysis has occurred in the past, many advocates of high immigration have tried to prevent public discussion by making personal attacks on the analysts. I hope the immigration debate has matured enough so that we can leave the argumentum ad hominem behind and stick to the issues. Critics of this book should present their own alternative suggestions for public critique and review. We shall see.
"I recommend study of the immigration issue and of this book to all Americans."
I have learned about no shortage of personal attacks on the authors of The Immigration Invasion, yet not a single book or article which refutes the points they made in it. That, in my estimation, really does say it all.
Note: The writer of this article received a complimentary copy of the book reviewed here and decided to share his thoughts on it.
Joseph Ford Cotto, 1st Baron Cotto, GCCCR is the editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Review of Books. In the past, he covered current events and style for The Washington Times's Communities section, where he interviewed personalities ranging from Fmr. Ambassador John Bolton to Dionne Warwick. Cotto was also a writer for Blogcritics Magazine and Yahoo's contributor network, among other publications. In 2014, H.M. King Kigeli V of Rwanda bestowed a hereditary knighthood upon him, which was followed by a barony the next year.