Many on the political left, who support the influx of illegals across our southern border, often deride those who oppose an open door immigration policy as simply being racist nativists. They point out what, to them, looks to be an inconsistency: remember when the white European illegal immigrants came into America, they were considered patriots. No one on the left calls the American Indians xenophobes or racists for resisting the European
invasion immigration. They in fact argue that the Europeans were wrong for coming into America to establish and “force” their culture which was foreign to the natives. Aside from there being no immigration laws to be broken in the 1600s, if the scenarios are the same or similar, shouldn’t the political left be siding with the political right on this?
You can’t on the one hand claim opponents of illegal immigration are wrong but the American Indians were right…if the situations are as similar as they’re claimed to be. If it was wrong for Europeans to come into the American Indian’s land, then isn’t it also wrong for South and Central Americans to come to the United States, illegally? Or is it now a matter of two wrongs make a right.
The political left also takes issue with conservatives (racist white people) suggesting that immigrants, illegal or otherwise, ought to assimilate with the American culture i.e., learning English and joining in on other forms of “Americanism”. But isn’t that what they’re complaining about? The Europeans, not only didn’t assimilate, they forced their culture upon the American Indians. The political left takes great pride in suppressing the “American way of life” when it comes to immigrants. Every effort is made to alleviate them from conforming. Bilingual government forms, banning the American flag from being displayed, and prohibiting other displays of blatant Americanism. We are told we must tolerate the import of many cultures into our melting pot.
I can’t help be feel there’s a bit of talking out of both sides of the mouth on this one. If it was wrong for Europeans, shouldn’t it also be wrong for Illegals now? And if it was right for American Indians then, shouldn’t it be right for Americans now? Or is it all just a matter of skin color and political posturing?