I’ve often been accused of racism in the past few years because I’m against excessive immigration. I keep retorting that I’m not a racist, I’m a culturalist- I’m fine with immigrants who want to come here to join our American/Canadian culture and all the high lifestyle standards that provides, in return for being some of the hardest working people in the world. I’m against people who want to colonize our land, bring in their culture, and replace it with theirs. I’m also against bringing in more people to areas where the carrying capacity is already at it’s limit.
I’ve been rightly or wrongly criticized for that in the past- but apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way: Illiad of UserFriendly Fame, who apparently lives near a casino I once did technical support at in the mid 1990s, wrote a very good essay on his blog about the difference between “immigrants willing to join the community” and “immigrants who cut themselves off”. Just so happens most of the ones down here in the states who are of the later variety start their life in the United States with an overtly criminal act, but the attitude is the same. They’re sending the message, by forcing Spanish on the rest of us (or Cantonese in the sake of Richmond, BC) and by breaking our laws to come here, that they don’t want to become a part of our community, that they only want to colonize us.
I’d also point out that’s exactly what we English and French speakers in North America did to the Native Americans- and we should learn from their failure what happens when you let too many immigrants in who don’t want to be a part of your community.
Very nicely written summary of the differences between immigration waves of prior generations (Irish/Italian in the Eastern US) and the newer, mostly illegal waves of immigration occurring today from our neighbors to the south.