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- Saturday Forum: A West Virginia Reader Has Proof That
Immigrants Drive Health Care Cost Crisis; etc.
In 1982, I visited
Washington, D.C. for the first time. I traveled
there again this April. The difference between my two
visits is staggering.
Nearly twenty-five years ago,
Washington was a beautiful, friendly city and the
great Capitol our
founders must have envisioned.
But earlier this year, I found an armed prison camp.
Blockades, vehicle barriers, and Kevlar-covered security
guards—some carrying automatic rifles—were everywhere.
Every building I entered—the Air & Space Museum, the
Holocaust Museum, the House Office Building, the
National Gallery of Art, the National Archives, and the
Capitol—had a platoon of armed guards at the entrance.
Most, if not all, had metal detectors.
Racial profiling? At the
National Gallery of Art there was a guard who, for
unknown reasons, followed me into five different rooms.
Midday, we decided to rest our feet by watching a movie
at the National Archives.
Democracy Starts Here,
which I walked out on, is a vapid multicultural lecture
on the evils of racial profiling and past immigration
policies. [Watch it online
We converted our once beautiful nation's Capitol into a
detention center. But why?
In the name of multiculturalism, that's why. In the name
of being "a
nation of immigrants," that's why. On behalf of
greedy businessmen, that's really why.
politically correct talk about all the sacrifice and
risks immigrants take to get to America.
Risks? What surer
bet is there than that coming to the United States
will increase your wealth?
Risks? America is
safer than any country immigrants are coming
from—except for the parts of our country already
dominated by immigrants.
immigrants took weeks to get here across a dangerous
ocean aboard rickety sailing vessels. Half of the
Mayflower's passengers didn't survive the first
winter. One of my ancestors from that vessel was
orphaned. Today's immigrants come here on the safest
mode of transportation ever invented—airplanes.
Their trip takes hours, not weeks.
early immigrants said "Good-bye" to their
families in the Old World, it meant exactly that.
There were no telegraphs, telephones, email,
Internet or satellite TV. There were no $500
round-trip airplane tickets.
early immigrants got here they found few roads,
hospitals, or government welfare offices. They
found no ready-made apartments or homes. Everything
they needed they had to grow or build themselves.
negative effects of immigration as reflected in
economics, crime, politics and culture, are real.
Americans have the right to question those effects
without being called racists, nativists,
letter asking why lawyers make immigration policy is