My Take on the Difference between Immigrants and Illegal Immigrants
Once you start taking a look around at who comes to America, it’s easy to see the difference between immigrants and illegal immigrants. In almost every aspect, from behavior to education to work ethic to their reason for coming to America, it’s easy to see the difference and understand why it’s better for America to have legal immigrants rather than illegal immigrants.
Legal immigrants are hard workers. They come here to build better lives for themselves and their families, not to mooch off of the welfare system. Most of them, anyhow. And the ones who don’t could be easily screened out if America ever implemented merit-based immigration reform.
Additionally, legal immigrants tend to love America. They’re here because they want to share in our common creed and believe in capitalism and the American system. In my experience, they’re not really the ones wanting to change American culture. They love America and understand that it’s here to support freedom and ensure the survival of liberty.
Illegal immigrants, on the other hand, are nothing of the sort. Border security is national security precisely because illegal immigrants are so untrustworthy. Whereas we rarely have a problem with legal immigrants (other than the Chinese spies among them), we have huge problems every single day with the illegal immigrants flooding into our nation. So, what’s the difference between immigrants and illegal immigrants? Legal immigrants would never engage in these horrible activities that I am about to describe.
They smuggle drugs for the cartels, as outlined in Narconomics. They come here wanting to change everything about American culture, as written about in both Who Are We? and The Bell Curve. And, they have no skills. Not even optional practical training would be of use to them. They’re just unskilled laborers, and America already has a major unskilled immigration problem.
Understanding illegal immigration is crucial to understanding the difference between immigrants and illegals. If you read The Republic for Which It Stands, you can see how legal immigrants traditionally loved America and struggled greatly to be here. While that’s not always the case now, it’s true in at least some respects. They’re here because they love America.
Illegal immigrants are not. That’s the difference. They’re economic mercenaries here only to send remittances home while they take jobs and ruin the American labor market. So, they need to be stopped. Trump’s wall can’t come fast enough.
Of course, there are more differences. But, that’s the main one. Legal immigrants love America. Illegals don’t; they just want our money and welfare services. And, unfortunately, the mass migration of them to America has eroded our once-shared national identity, as Samuel Huntington wrote about in Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity.
So, we should obviously strengthen border security in order to prevent illegal immigrant moochers from settling in America. Immigrants should come here legally, if at all.
And do not just think that that is some conservative talking point made up to get clicks on a conservative blog. In reality, the difference between immigrants and illegal immigrants is one that has bedeviled nations for centuries.
In fact, illegal immigration may have caused the collapse of both the Bronze Age Greek and Egyptian Empires and the Western Roman Empire, as Dan Carlin describes in his fabulous book The End is Always Near.
At the end of the Bronze Age, crop failures and violence caused the “sea people” to leave their homes and travel to the best country of the day- Egypt. But, there were too many of them and they were too violent, so Egypt faltered under the strain and was never as powerful. Whereas there had been legal immigrants in the past to Egypt that made it a better place, this time the illegal migrants destroyed it.
Does that remind you of any situation today? Perhaps modern America, where no one seems to understand the difference between immigrants and illegal immigrants and, as a result, we are seeing a massive influx of violent people into our nation because they are fleeing violence and a lack of food back home? Hopefully we will not collapse as the Egyptians did.
Similarly, the difference between immigrants and illegal immigrants is clear in the example of the Roman Empire. It allowed immigration of some sort for centuries, as traders and merchants traveled the Empire and helped make it prosperous. But then, in the 5th Century, it collapsed under the strain of barbarian invasions. There were simply too many people illegally entering Rome that had no desire to follow Roman customs or preserve, much less defend, Roman culture for it to survive.
Does that example of the difference between immigrants and illegal immigrants remind you of anywhere today? Perhaps modern America, where we are daily dealing with a massive influx of people at our southern border that such up our resources and flood into our country, but have no patriotic fervor that makes them proud to be in America and participate in American culture?
Americans need to wake up to the difference between immigrants and illegal immigrants. Civilizations have collapsed in the past because of unfettered barbarian migrations. We cannot allow ourselves to suffer the same fate.