Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Immigration & Entitlement (part II)

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies presented an important point; in the last 50 years, immigrants haven't changed, rather the manner in which we treat immigration dramatically has. Specifically, large segments of government, corporate and academic elites no longer emphasize the importance of social, cultural and (to a lesser extent) economic assimilation. Rather, they have adopted an ideology of multiculturalism, ethno-identity-politics and an expanded welfare state that provide incentives that discourage healthy social, cultural, political and economic assimilation. And like all rational human beings, immigrants respond to incentive structures. So, those who are frustrated with our immigration debacle should not direct their hostilities at immigrants, but at the members of the political elite who foster deleterious policies and ideologies.

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