More Than Just
There Are Valid Reasons for Concern
About Today's Immigration Flows
by Robert Winter
Theres a faction in America these days that tends to dismiss concerns about the volume of immigration as just "nativism." In these circles, anyone concerned about the contemporary flow of people from other parts of the world into the United States is considered to be some sort of sheet-wearing Bubbaprobably with no more than a third-grade education, and presumably also deeply suspicious of pizza, Chinese Checkers, or anything else remotely "furreign."
It is thus with a certain amount of trepidation that I raise my own misgivings about contemporary immigration. But this is an issue that genuinely needs to be examined
What bothers me most about todays flow of immigrants?
First of all, I dont want to become a foreigner in my own country. I dont want to be constantly immersed in languages and cultures that I dont understand. I also dont want my fellow citizens to be put in that position. A small example:
There is a McDonalds near my home where all the staff speaks Spanish as a first language. Its a clean, efficient, well-run McDonalds; as a consumer, I prefer it over other McDonalds outlets in my area that are staffed by native-born Americans. But when I hear all of the staffs internal communications taking place in Spanish, from light-hearted banter to serious procedural instructions, I cant imagine a non-Spanish speaker being able to make it as an employee there. That bothers me. I dont want Americans excluded from jobs in their own country because theyre culturally "different."
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