Snow notwithstanding, wisdom from Buffalo
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Congratulations to The Buffalo News, which was not distracted by shoveling all that snow from publishing an admirable brief guest editorial against unrestrained immigration.

Illegal immigration: the myths and the facts –by Joe Davenport October 14 2006

was written by a man who truly grasps the issues:

Myth: We are a nation of immigrants.

Fact: This myth is false on its face. Nearly 88 percent of the people living in the United States today are not immigrants; they were born here… "But," the liberal propagandists reply, "we all have ancestors who came from other countries." And, one might reply, so does just about every other nation on Earth.

Are not the French merely descendents of the immigrant barbarian Franks…And the English are simply immigrant Angles and Saxons who virtually wiped out the Celtic Britons in the fifth century A.D.?

(This is was a key contention in Peter Brimelow’s Alien Nation)

Myth: Illegal immigrants are taking only jobs that Americans do not want.

Fact: Many illegal immigrants are able to work for less than market value because they don't pay income or Social Security taxes and are able to take their entire paycheck (or cash) home.

These are jobs that Americans "do not want" only because the illegal immigrants have depressed the wage scale for the positions.

This argument, long a key theme, is appearing with refreshing frequency in MSM correspondence columns and comment threads.

And Davenport quietly identifies the key issue:

The United States can continue to allow a number of immigrants into this country legally, depending upon how many can be reasonably assimilated without destroying our American identity.

A fine succinct piece, which would make a good email shot to anyone confused about the question. The fact that Joe R. Davenport recently moved to Buffalo “from Del Rio, Texas, on the Mexican border.” probably has a lot to do with this quality.

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