In the past couple of weeks much of the US media reporting has centred around efforts by Barack Obama and Marco Rubio to gain amnesty for illegal immigrants. This has re-ignited a fierce debate and highlighted US immigration policy as well as the significant demographic change underway in America. Much of the debate has focused on what is fair for illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children. The question being asked in the media is should illegal immigrants who were raised in the US be deported? Both the Republican and Democratic political leadership seem to believe that this would be morally wrong.
Is Immigration Good for Native Peoples and Cultures?
What is never discussed in the US media is how this immigration impacts the native people and various distinct cultures of the United States. Imagine if immigration to Japan were discussed in the Japanese media only in terms of what was fair for the immigrants and never in terms of what was good for the Japanese. Of course, it’s difficult to imagine any non-Western people taking such a perspective on immigration to their country. Since a disproportionate percentage of the immigrants to the US are settling in Southern States, we should ask if the immigration is good for Southerners. Georgia, for example, which only a short time ago had virtually no Hispanic population of any size, is now 8.8% Hispanic according to the 2010 US Census. Texas now is now 37.6% Hispanic and has a White minority; such has been the demographic change in the Lone Star State. Southerners are not the only people who are feeling the impact of the US immigration policy. Only a short time ago Utah was a homogeneous State inhabited nearly exclusively by White Mormons who built a thriving culture in what was mostly barren land. Today, Utah has a large number of Hispanics and a rapidly growing Asian/Pacific Islander population. The native White Mormon part of the population of Utah is in decline. The French Cajuns of Louisiana have also seen tremendous demographic pressures put upon them due to immigration. We could document many other cultural groups and talk about the increased pressure they are experiencing and the loss of their territory due to immigration. And, of course, not all of these groups are White. The American Indians continue to dwindle as part of the US population as millions of immigrants pour into the country. Blacks, generally living in poor areas, often feel the pressures of immigration first as they are forced to compete with cheap, imported workers.
Replacing One Population With Another
Prior to 1965 the United States was roughly 90% White. That year the immigration laws were changed which had prevented non-Western immigration that would alter the demographic makeup of the population. It’s important to note that US President Johnson, who signed the new immigration changes into law, promised the people (who largely opposed the changes) that the bill was ‘not revolutionary.’ Ted Kennedy, one of the key Congressional figures in getting the new immigration law passed, promised the people that the demographics of the United States would not be changed. Recently, the US media has widely reported that White children are now a minority in the United States. In fact, several States already have White minority populations. Clearly, Johnson and Kennedy lied to the people; the 1965 immigration law was indeed revolutionary – it has completely transformed the demographics of the United States.
International Law & Genocide
Four types of groups are protected under international law: national, ethnic, racial and religious. Under that same law (the 1948 Genocide Convention which has been adopted by 142 countries around the planet) it is clear that genocidal acts need not be violent. In fact, Article II, Section C defines genocide as: ‘Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.’
The conditions imposed by the United States government (especially in the area of immigration but also other policy areas) have greatly reduced the White proportion of the US population. Furthermore, the US government has created a legal environment where Whites are not permitted to build neighbourhoods, schools and businesses for themselves so as to ensure their survival as a group. The racial group that founded the United States (all the signers of the US Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were White men) is clearly being phased out as a matter of US policy. However, these actions by the US government are a clear violation of international law. Governments are not allowed to replace one racial or cultural group with another. The actions of the US government constitute genocide.
Re-framing the Immigration Debate
It is past time for the US immigration debate to be re-framed in terms of what is good for the native peoples and cultures of the United States. It is also past time that the US government was held responsible for what is clearly an act of genocide. The violation of international law is a serious matter. Those guilty of breaking Article II, Section C of the Genocide Convention should be held accountable for their crimes. Moreover, the moral outrage of purposefully replacing one racial and cultural group with another should be brought up again and again.