Inspired by this post by LonesomePolecat, who contends it is, at least in scale and numbers, and therefore threatens to strain our economic and public infrastructure and “swamp the boat.” (In the same thread LP also warns of the danger of “Radically altering the nation’s racial and ethnic demographics with mass immigration,” but the less said of that the better.) In our history American has absorbed several massive waves of immigration – Germans, Irish, Jews, Italians, Poles – and while they often inspired resentment in those who had got here first, and there was some economic and social dislocation, and ethnic crime gangs, and competition for low-wage jobs driving down wages still further, we always managed to adapt and survive. The immigrants’ children became Americans in every sense, they contributed to our economy and society and made our culture richer and spicier. How is what we’re facing now any different?
It’s curious, BTW, that throughout the 19th Century and the early 20th, when immigration to the U.S. was practically unregulated, we got relatively few Mexicans or other Latin Americans.