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February 11th 2018 print

Peter Smith

We All Have Skin in the Immigrant Game

Our prosperous and free Western societies can absorb large numbers of those with different outlooks on work and life. But there are limits. Only the terminally daft believe, let alone advocate, that an open borders approach to immigration will produce anything but discord, division and woe

men behind the wireNancy Pelosi set some kind of record for talking in the US House of Representatives. Over eight hours straight apparently, reading letter after letter from illegal immigrants. I’ll venture a guess that she didn’t read anything from the many American parents who have lost a child to the activities of illegals. Mind you, she has to be congratulated for staying awake, on her feet in high heels, while all those about her succumbed to dozing off.

This comment from her marathon performance took the cake.

“I’m reminded of my own grandson. He is Irish, English, whatever, whatever, and Italian-American, he is a mix. But he looks more the other side of the family, shall we say. And when he had his sixth birthday… he had a very close friend whose name is Antonio, he’s from Guatemala. And he has beautiful tan skinned, beautiful brown eyes, and this was a proud day for me, because when my grandson blew out the candles on his cake, they said did you make a wish?

He said yes, he made a wish. What is your wish? I wish I had brown skin and brown eyes like Antonio.

So beautiful. So beautiful. The beauty is in the mix. The face of the future for our country is all-American. And that has many versions.”

Leave aside the fact that Pelosi’s mind is unfathomable. I’d like to mess with her story.

I want little Antonio to wish that he were white and blue-eyed, just like Ms Pelosi’s grandson. Now that’s a story she could have conjured with. White envy. Inferiority complexes among the brown young. Yet more evidence of white supremacism insidiously infecting the very young.

Mind you, Pelosi has a point in a screwy kinda way. Otherwise why would all those tanning salons exist? Lots of white people do want to be brown. I remember my mum and sister doing their best to get a tan in Liverpool in the UK whenever the sun popped out. And I worked with one bloke at Ford Motor company in Liverpool who managed to maintain a year-round tan. There was always mystery surrounding his untoward skin colouring and speculation on how he did it. He would never tell; kept referring to holidays and weekends in sunny climes, but that didn’t wash. It remains a known unknown in my mind to this day.

Personally, I am acutely aware that brown bald heads are more attractive than white ones. Alas, there is no viable remedy for fair-skinned Anglo Saxons. I know, I have looked into it.

But back to cringe-worthy lefties, of whom Pelosi is a poster matron. We are living in the most trying of times. Large sections of Western populations are no longer grounded. They have become totally oblivious to why we are free and prosperous.

What goes through their lefty minds in America when people pour across the southern border in search of riches? Without specifically knowing the facts, they probably realise that average incomes in the US are far higher than in most Central and South American countries. For example, according to World Bank data (2016), national income per capita in the US is fifteen times that in Guatemala; twenty-six times that in Honduras, and twenty-seven times that in Nicaragua. All are doing better than Haiti, by the way, where the comparative figure is seventy-three times.

I think what goes through their minds is that America’s riches are either ill-gotten or simply the result of good fortune, which has been cruelly denied poorer countries. Ergo, fairness demands that those from poorer countries be admitted to the land of milk and honey. Also, they convince themselves that nothing bad can happen out of this. Listen to them, they claim that everyone will benefit.

What they don’t do is form any realistic view of why Guatemala is poor and, say, Japan is rich. Now, I don’t accept that skin colour has much to do with the ability of people to live together in harmony; to be tolerant and trusting of each other; to accept democratic principles and the rule of law; to abhor corruption, and to put merit over nepotism and cronyism. However, culture matters as, perhaps, does the environment which it creates over many generations.

Taking evolutionists at their word would suggest that natural selection will produce people best able to navigate their environments. I am not going to go much further with this, because my knowledge is stretched, other than to say that in deeply corrupt societies those with, say, crafty or nepotistic or fatalistic turns of mind might well come to form a greater percentage of populations than would otherwise be the case. All told, poverty is one inevitable outcome.

So, importing people from poor countries is fraught with risk. Yes, Nancy, it might produce people with ready-made suntans. But that might not be the most important factor to weigh in the scheme of things.

Numbers obviously matter. Our prosperous and free Western societies are so strong they can absorb large numbers of those with different outlooks on work and life. But there are limits. And it is a mistake, worthy of the daft, to think we can’t be dragged down no matter how many millions (and tens of millions) of those from poor countries we let pour in.

As it is, those most vulnerable in Western countries are already suffering in their suburbs and towns from influxes of people with clashing values. And this is not to mention the onslaught of crowded schools and hospitals and increased competition for low-paying jobs. Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues, living in cloistered circumstances, are immune from the consequences of the open-borders policy they espouse. Take note, nobody’s grandchildren will be immune if the madness isn’t stopped.

Peter Smith, a frequent Quadrant Online contributor, is the author of Bad Economics

Comments [8]

  1. Tony Tea says:

    Watch Niall Ferguson’s series on the 6 killer apps of civilization.

  2. ianl says:

    > ” … natural selection will produce people best able to navigate their environments”

    The core problem with “open” borders is that it allows, encourages actually, those who are least able to navigate their environments. This shows up in the unemployment/crime/non-integrated measures in receiving countries.

    But as I understand it, this anti natural selection methodology is the aim of open borders. It is also the aim of the anti CO2 activism in the sense that endemic failure to lift living standards significantly in some countries requires that living standards in the “rich” countries be reduced, for equity to reign.

    Good essay, Peter.

  3. Doc S says:

    The open borders let’em-all-in DACA-Dreamers nonsense from the Democrats and chief spruiker for it Pelosi is completely insane. The fact is that millionaire Pelosi lives a privileged life of enormous luxury behind the walls of her Californian mansion like all the other elites, doesn’t have to deal with the awful reality of millions of illegals on the streets of America. Like the rest of her ramblings it betrays a mind that at best could be described as unhinged. We have to remember also that this is the deputy leader of the Democrats, the opposition and alternative to Trump.

    • Jody says:

      As is always the case it’s “do as I say, not as I do”. It’s a cynical attempt to catch immigrant voters for the Democrats and has ZERO to do with the national interest. Having said that, Trump needs to moderate his language and stop calling all Mexicans rapists. When the USA invited “your poor, your huddled masses” into Ellis Island at the end of the 19th/early 20th century they got the vicious Mafia and I don’t hear too many references to that malignancy.

  4. Robh says:

    Democracy struggles when the average IQ is below 90.

    • whitelaughter says:

      No, numeracy is struggling when people can claim that the average IQ is below average. All IQ scores are standardized against 100 – if we were all clones of Einstein, we’d all have an IQ of 100.

  5. Julian says:

    While we are on this general theme…. it’s good to know that the knucklehads running Melbourne (the place I know best) have sold out any kind of livability, cultural solidarity and cohesion, and architectural aesthetics for mass (mainly Asian) immigration and Asian capital in order to build skycrapers (which create ‘jobs and growth’ for Andrews’ mates in the union movement – and when the units are built they’ll be sold to the Chinese obviously, which they’ll keep for 1000 years and lock generation of young locals out of the market) and turn the place into something somewhere resembling Beijing :(