We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“The argument between assimilationists and multiculturalists is whether it is the immigrant or the culture that should change.”
I've always assumed that the reason at least half the world would like to live in the US is because of our culture. Who wants to change it? You don't see people climbing barbed wire fences and breaking laws to get into Russia or Egypt or Iran or India or China or Venezuela, etc. The most recent stats I saw (2000) showed 2.9 million people in NYC itself were foreign-born. That's mind-boggling, equivalent to the entire population of Kansas.
The passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Amendments led to a surge in immigration to New York City and a decline in the share of European immigrants. Between 1970 and 2000, the total foreign-born population nearly doubled, from 1.44 million to 2.87 million, while the share of Europeans dropped, from 64 percent to 19 percent. Latin America was the largest area of origin in 2000, accounting for nearly 32 percent of the city's foreign-born, followed by Asia (24 percent), the nonhispanic Caribbean (21 percent), Europe (19 percent), and Africa (3 percent). Thus, New York City's foreign-born in 2000 have extremely diverse origins, in contrast to the overwhelming European origin of the foreign-born in earlier decades.
Sometimes, listening to the MSM and the Left, you'd think that this country was a terrible place to live in. Ingrates, if you ask me. My foreign-born colleagues and acquaintances thank God every day that they are here in America - while people like me, it's shameful to admit, often just take it all for granted.
During the last 10 years I have had two hairdressers who were born in another country, raised in the USA, received their training in the USA, married USA women, had children here, but claim we are SO inferior to their home country, the only reason they are here is for the money. Hearing this, I wonder how many other immigrants feel the same. Needless to say, I am searching for a new hairdresser.
Senator Ted Kennedy was the prime mover in the more liberal immigration policy and he was paid handsomely for that effort. He made a living off of providing special legislation for special interests. Where was our free press in exposing his crimes?