One of the strawmen that Progressives like to set up in the illegal immigration debate is to imply that those who oppose illegal immigrants ought to give up liking or using anything that came from somewhere other than America’s shores. This is a perfect example:
Is it possible that all the people who “liked” that on Facebook do not understand that there is a difference between embracing ideas, on the one hand, and abandoning national sovereignty, on the other hand?
I’ve always made it perfectly clear that I think immigration is a marvelous thing. I am the child of immigrants and all my school friends growing up were the children of immigrants. Every man-jack of us in America is an immigrant or a descendent of immigrants. Even the indigenous people aren’t indigenous. They just immigrated here first, probably from Asia. The only continent with true indigenous people is Africa, because that is the cradle of mankind.
We in America should embrace new ideas and we benefit from replenishing our population. But part of being a strong sovereign nation is that we get to pick who comes in. If we make smart decisions, we benefit. If we make dumb decisions, either by inviting in too many immigrants hostile to our national values or by inviting in so few immigrants that we become desiccated, that’s our problem. If a nation allows self-selecting immigrants to breach her border at any time, she has ceded sovereignty to the hordes, and may as well give it up.