Polizette, November 2, 2016
Immigration has always posed challenges for the United States. Assimilation didn't just happen automatically, whether for Germans who came in colonial times or Italians and Jews at the turn of the 20th century. Today’s immigrants from Latin America and Asia aren't really all that different.
But a measure of whether America is in decline is how we cope with such challenges today. Can we limit the numbers and demand newcomers embrace our country and its values? This is harder than in the past. With cheap and easy travel and communications, managing immigration is more difficult than when the vast oceans separating us from the Old World did the job for us.
But our post-patriotic, post-American elite also lack the will to do what's needed. In government, churches, businesses, and schools, "assimilation" and "sovereignty" are dirty words — if they're even understood at all.
Are there enough ordinary Americans willing to push back and demand an immigration policy in the national interest? The answer will determine our nation’s rise or decline in the years to come. The upcoming election will provide part of the answer, but it is merely one battle in a long twilight struggle for American self-determination.