I’m in an argument in another forum with someone who insists that “immigration is good” is a myth.
No one can deny that this country has benefited tremendously from immigration, right? At the very least, most Americans wouldn’t be able to call themselves Americans if it hadn’t been for immigration. To me, it is very self-evident that immigration is a good thing. The arguments against immigration that you hear today are really no different from the nativist arguments from previous generations. At least to my ears. “They are taking our jobs!” Check. “They carry diseases and poverty!” Check. “They are subversive!” Check. “They will mess up our gene pool!” Check.
Are my “ears” correct, though? Are immigrants today fundamentally the same as all the previous waves of immigration? And on a related note, have we reached a point where we can fully justify closing the doors without being labled “racist” or “xenophobic”. Or is there a lot more room left for immigrants to flourish and contribute, just as the majority of our ancestors have been allowed to do?