First, immigration opponents are effectively trying to restrict the flow of conservatives into this country. In survey after survey, immigrants are found to have more traditional ideas about family structure and community than comparable Americans.The truth is more nearly the opposite. The vast majority of immigrants are from areas that do not believe in nuclear families. Hispanic immigrants have some of the highest illegitimacy rates.
Second, immigration opponents are trying to restrict assimilation. The evidence about this is clear, too.No, and he has no evidence for this either. Most immigration opponents are very much in favor of immigrants learning English and becoming Americans.
Fifth, immigration opponents are trying to restrict skills. Current reform proposals would increase high-skill immigration. Opponents of reform are trying to restrict an infusion of people most likely to start businesses and invent things.Brooks seems to be referring to H-1B visas, but those are for foreign workers who are prohibited from starting businesses or owning their inventions.
Finally, opponents of reform are trying to hold back the inevitable. Whether immigration reform passes or not, the United States is going to become a much more cosmopolitan country than it is now. ... If conservatives defeat immigration reform, the Republicans will definitely lose control of one thing for years to come: political power.Brooks argues that the USA is becoming a non-white country, and anyone who resists this transformation will be locked out of political power. He presumes that Democrats will continue to use racialist politics to control the votes of non-whites.
I don't know whether he is right about that or not, but the NY Times is celebrating the decline of whites:
Deaths exceeded births among non-Hispanic white Americans for the first time in at least a century, according to new census data, a benchmark that heralds profound demographic change.These changes are not inevitable. Our representatives in government have different immigration and other policies to choose from, and those policies have demographic consequences. I do not accept the idea that the USA has become so dependent on foreign labor that we can no longer take care of ourselves.
The disparity was tiny — only about 12,000 — and was more than made up by a gain of 188,000 as a result of immigration from abroad. But the decrease for the year ending July 1, 2012, coupled with the fact that a majority of births in the United States are now to Hispanic, black and Asian mothers, is further evidence that white Americans will become a minority nationwide within about three decades.
Over all, the number of non-Hispanic white Americans is expected to begin declining by the end of this decade.
“These new census estimates are an early signal alerting us to the impending decline in the white population that will characterize most of the 21st century,” said William H. Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution. ...
The viability of programs like Social Security and Medicare, Dr. Frey said, “will be reliant on the success of waves of young Hispanics, Asians and blacks who will become the bulwark of our labor force.” The issues of minorities, he added, “will hold greater sway than ever before.”
The Wash. Post piles on with:
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) argued Wednesday that the United States should pass immigration reform because the U.S. economy needs the labor of young immigrants, and immigrants are “more fertile.”More fertile? Okay, she had 3 kids, and maybe a native-born American wife might have had only 1 or 2. Again, Bush makes the argument that we somehow need foreign labor when we have had high unemployment for several years. Laying off Americans and hiring younger foreign laborers may make some businesses more prosperous, but I do not see how it could be making our nation as a whole more prosperous. And I do not believe that we need millions of immigrants to keep up with China, Europe, and Japan.
“Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans,” Bush said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to the Majority conference. “Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.”
Bush said immigrants are an advantage that the United States has over China, Europe and Japan, which don’t have the same immigrant tradition and are struggling to find young laborers.
“If we don’t do it, we will be in decline, because the productivity of this country is dependent upon young people that are equipped to be able to work hard,” Bush said.
Bush, whose wife is a Mexican-born immigrant, has long been an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.