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Immigration. It’s a word that gets people riled up in the streets and vocal on the internet. But I believe that many are zooming in on the wrong parts of immigration as a problem. Some Americans turn their contempt of foreigners toward the southern border. Some Europeans turn their hatred of other religions towards the stream of migrants from the Middle East. Yet many of these groups have the wrong object of their dislike.

In my opinion, the real problem here is immigration and emigration, altogether. People of various cultures moving from nation to nation has some major effects, both on the migrants and on the nations. I believe that many social problems can be solved if global immigration as a whole is restricted. Here I will briefly overview the negative effects of immigration and the concept of ethnopluralism, as well as why opponents of immigration restrictions are using invalid points.

The first example I seek to explain here is the United States of America, the proud home of democracy, freedom and opportunity. The vision of the European settlers who arrived in America was a benevolent one: The creation of a settlement where all can be free and wealthy. Yet they managed to overlook a certain fact, more specifically a certain people: The Native Americans. The settlers seem to have followed the principle of “might makes right” in their conquest of native land, and slowly native land was reduced to a few reserves. The native population decreased, as many were massacred and as natives defected to European culture. Their ancestral land was robbed from them, and their populace was left to struggle along on the little property they had.

I need not detail here the horrible misdeeds against the Native American people: The Wounded Creek massacre, the Sacramento River massacre, the list goes on and on. And what is the cause of these crimes against a populace? Immigration. What is the cause of the theft of native land by armed culprits? Immigration.

Now many may say that this is not comparable to immigration in modern times. It most definitely is. Take immigration to America. According to an article by Smithsonian Second Opinion, “What brings immigrants to the United States is… the idea of a land of opportunity where you can change your circumstances and that you can be able to better your financial, social, economic, cultural well-being in the process.”

The quote explains itself. Coming to America is about opportunity, whether that be economic, social, or cultural. It was this same opportunity that brought the Europeans to America, to Africa, and to Asia.

The same article interviewed a fourth-generation Japanese American, and she said “For me, as a fourth-generation American who has never gone to Japan, has never lived in Japan, I have an appreciation for my family’s background — but I consider myself American in culture as well as in nationality. Is it possible for us to retain, or to allow immigrants to retain their sense of identity without asking them to give it up?”

This is an interesting question, and is one that I think defines the policy of immigration. My answer is no. As an ethnic Indian whose parents immigrated to the U.S, I think that there is a defined choice between maintaining your identity and “fitting in.” I have proudly chosen the former, but I know many Indian-Americans who have not. Their family history dies with them. They lose their tradition, or it is morphed into some modernist form of their heritage. I believe that it is slightly incorrect to describe America as a “melting pot,” instead it is a smoothie. The ingredients are blended together to the point where they are no longer visible.

A popular counterargument to my opinion may be the consideration of nations whose living conditions are violent and/or unbearable. In my view, it is the responsibility of every nation to help other nations improve, but it is not a responsibility to accept the refugees of conflict. In other words, if a nation’s domestic condition is not suitable, all other nations should work together to make it better. And the people of that nation should stand up and fight for their nation. Another popular counterargument may be pointing to the fact that not all ethnicities have their own nation, and they may suffer oppression. This is where ethnopluralism comes in. It is the right of every ethnicity to govern themselves. It would be much better if all ethnicities maintained separate ethnostates, for the preservation of tradition, and for the guarding of global peace.

Overall, I believe that the idea of ethnopluralism is an excellent idea that can solve many of our world’s problems. Immigration is a force that threatens our way of life and our safety as humans.

Eashwar Hari lives in West Hartford.

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  1. The writer is ignoring the fact that “migrating” is what humans do. Ever since the first homo sapiens left Africa for Europe, we’ve been migrating to new places and displacing the animals or people who already lived there. I doubt we’re going to slow down now, especially since the planet is getting more and more crowded.

    1. Too many people virtue signal regarding this issue, but would loathe to bring any of these immigrants into their house to live for any length of time. I agree with writer that troubled nations need help from stable nations to solve their problems on their own soil with their own people. What we are seeing now in Europe and the United States are immigrants bringing violence and destruction into countries that were once peaceful and economically thriving (Sweden, France, Germany). If you do not think this is true, then you obviously haven’t been following the news for the past 8 years. Either that, or you are reading sources that choose not to print what is going on beyond your backyard which is basically 90 percent of the mainstream media. Wake up.

  2. Democrat Platform
    *Open Borders.
    *Sanctuary Cities.
    *Elimination of ICE
    *Voting rights for illegal aliens.
    *Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)
    *Increase refugee’s from the third world.
    *Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.
    *Socialism.
    *Free Abortions (Taxpayer funded)
    *The green new deal.
    *End of Electoral College
    *Free health care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)
    *Raise Minimum Wage
    *Have adolescents vote
    *!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)
    *Reparations for every race “harmed” by the white man.
    *Convicts voting.
    *Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.
    *Late term abortions.
    *Disarming Americans.
    *Infanticide
    *Everyone in the country receives a paycheck even if you choose not to work. (taxpayer funded)

    <<< Sources: Straight from the Democrats mouths.

    Make no mistake, Democrats want this. They will with hold support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country before assisting in border security. Dems offer rewards, incentives so…..More caravans on the way. The current migration at our border is costing U.S taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING.
    So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars. Notice how many have made the long, difficult, dangerous journey to our country 8-9 months pregnant? Give birth on American soil and the U.S. taxpayers will not only pay for the birth of you’re child but will also give you state government assistance.

  3. The author’s point is well taken. The increase in population worldwide only
    exacerbates the numbers wanting to flee despotic rulers. This fact goes far beyond the expected human penchant to migrate.

  4. Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals:

    *Open Borders.

    *Sanctuary Cities.

    *Elimination of ICE

    *Disarming Americans.

    *Infanticide..

    *Voting rights for illegal aliens.

    *Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)

    *Increase refugee’s from the third world.

    *Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.

    *Socialism.

    *Free Abortions (Taxpayer funded)

    *The green new deal.

    *End of Electoral College

    *Free health care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)

    *Raise Minimum Wage

    *Have adolescents vote

    *!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)

    *Reparations for every race “harmed” by the white man.

    *Convicts, Terrorists voting.

    *Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.

    *Late term abortions.

    *Everyone in the country gets a pay check even if they choose not to work. (taxpayer funded)

    Sources: Straight from the mouths of Democrat candidates.

  5. Lets see, we have Democrat / Socialist / Activist / Lawyers in the
    Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this
    instructing the populations the “benefits” & laws of coming top the
    USA…..”credible fear.” Then you have a Democrat House saying the
    crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily?
    National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis is
    manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this,
    Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold
    support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country before
    assisting in border security (if ever). Democrats offer rewards,
    incentives so…..More caravans on the way.

    The current migration
    at our border is costing U.S taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing
    persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico
    when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico.
    Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long
    journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars.
    Notice how many have made the long, difficult, dangerous journey to our
    country 8-9 months pregnant? Give birth on American soil and the U.S.
    taxpayers will not only pay for the birth of you’re child but will also
    give you state government assistance.

  6. By the late 1960s cheap and available land began to become scarce. tierraproperties.com/short_history_of_los_angeles

    Immigrants and Their Descendants Accounted for 72 Million in U.S. Population Growth from 1965 to 2015; Projected to Account for 103 Million More by 2065 – Pew research
    http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/09/28/modern-immigration-wave-brings-59-million-to-u-s-driving-population-growth-and-change-through-2065/ph_2015-09-28_immigration-through-2065-02/

    And recently, a study showed that children growing up in environments with lots of trees were mentally healthier than urban children. Nature relieve stress:
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190404074915.htm

    How will more immigrants make land for homes more affordable?

  7. Mr. Hari,

    I prefer the term “stew” to describe the objective of an America that is comprised of many different peoples. It is a stew because every ingredient contributes to the overall taste, but retains some sense of its identity. It is about constituents that compliment each other.

    I fear that if you feel Ethnopluralism is the answer then you truly don’t understand the power of common interest, which includes, freedom of religion, the separation of church and state, the protection of women, the protection of differences, and more. Do you not see the beauty in people of different backgrounds convening in common interest, with mutual respect, each bringing forward its very best? This said by a conservative (classical liberal).

    The three problems that I see with immigration, as a descendant of immigrants who were essentially not wanted in their homeland, is as follows:

    1. There needs to be an economic justification for introducing new immigrants to a country. Plain and simple, the destination must have a need or capacity to accept new persons – and not at the expense of existing citizens. The words “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…” was the equivalent of a marketing slogan during a time when there was a need driven by war and industrialization.

    2. The people who come here need to be willing to “assimilate”. You cannot expect to come here and take with you the failed way of how things were done where you came from. The exchange that must occur in immigration is that you agree that part of you will become American, which includes embracing the United States Constitution in its current form. That means a willingness to co-exist and to identify with each other at a level of the most basic pursuits which all Americans are guaranteed through the U.S. Constitution. It also means a willingness to abide by our far too many laws. In no way do I suggest shedding what makes your ethnicity special including traditions – provided they do not contradict the aforementioned.

    I should mention the importance of understanding and respecting this country’s Christian roots. It was not a secular America that got us this accomplishment. It was persecution of various sects. For all the heat the Christians get, it is here that we can have a church, a temple, a mosque, and a synagogue on the corners of an intersection and there are no rockets being shot at each other.

    3. There needs to be a way to embrace the will of persons willing to uproot from their homes, to travel thousands of miles, at times leaving family behind, all in the pursuit of a better life. That is what we should want of all Americans. Regretfully, we argue about our ability to take such people in when in our midst, as citizens, we have people who have no will beyond what it will take to live off of some one else’s efforts. If that is the new definition of an American, we are doomed. This is regardless of how you became an American.

    As for the greatest threats to our way of life as Americans, among them is the belief that America’s foundation is fundamentally flawed. Another is the paralyzing affects of apologizing for transgressions in our history rather than simply learning from them and committing ourselves to being better. We cannot change history, but we can learn from it and where appropriate strive to avoid it repeating itself. In no way do I seek to minimize what’s happened in history, but as a descendant of immigrants arriving in the early 1900’s, my focus is on the ideal. It is also the mistake that you and others make when you say we are a democracy. We are not and for very good reason.

    I agree with you that we are not the same as the people who remain in our home lands. There’s nothing we can do about that. If it is so bothersome, we always have the right to return to a homeland where we can perhaps return to a more traditional heritage and way of living. That takes me back to my earlier statement, which was that for my family the homeland didn’t care very much for us. I’d argue to take what matters most to you, come to where you are wanted, and to where how you’d like to live is supported, and allow your heritage to evolve.

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