If there were 10,000 equivalents to Thomas Sowell in the country, we'd surely be able to save the Republic.
In his latest op-ed, Gingrich and Immigration, he serves up most of the core principles of immigration sanity within 700 words.
Let's go back to square one. The purpose of American immigration laws and policies is not to be either humane or inhumane to illegal immigrants. The purpose of immigration laws and policies is to serve the national interest of this country.
There is no inherent right to come live in the United States, in disregard of whether the American people want you here. Nor does the passage of time confer any such right retroactively.
When you import people, you import cultures, including cultures that have been far less successful in providing decent lives and decent livelihoods. The American people have a right to decide for themselves whether they want unlimited imports of cultures from other countries.
At one time, immigrants came to America to become Americans. Today, the apostles of multiculturalism and grievance-mongering have done their best to keep foreigners foreign and, if possible, feeling aggrieved. Our own schools and colleges teach grievances.
European countries have learned the hard way how massive imports of a foreign culture can undermine your own culture, polarize your population and create internal dangers that are irreversible. Victor Davis Hanson's chilling and insightful book Mexifornia shows similar patterns in California.
But he is also a loyal Republican At the end of his piece, Sowell hints that Gingrich's immigration foot-in-mouth isn't a standalone deal-killer. I wish Sowell had, instead, said something more parallel to Mark Krikorian's view that immigration is an existential question for our civilization.