In the past, newcomers from around the world were eager for a second start in the United States.
They nearly all worked hard, reminding American-born citizens that that they can never rest on their laurels.
Immigrants honed American competition and helped to keep the nation productive.
But let us examine more closely just what the re-energize narrative presumes and see to what extent those presumptions are operative in today’s world.
Basically, the re-energize narrative is that immigrant vitality, innovation and determination is what has been largely responsible for the industrial might, power and growth of the United States. The narrative asserts that without the social readjustment caused by the new ideas and vitality that immigrants bring to the U.S., the U.S. would have become moribund and set in its ways. It is the challenge of assimilating a new immigrant population with its new ideas and new perspectives that forces the U.S. to constantly reinvent itself.
The romanticized depiction of immigration peddled by our politicians is simply not applicable in today’s world.
Mass immigration and spasmodic refugee influxes benefit the political class and corporations with votes and cheap labour respectively.
Multiculturalism is used to divide and conquer a citizenry afraid to speak out lest they be charged with racism.
Don’t let them get away it.