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Pat Buchanan on Immigration

2000 Reform Candidate for President


Letting in foreigners was Christian, but killed ancient Rome

In 376 AD, a large band of Gothic refugees arrives at the Empire's Danube frontier, asking for asylum. In a complete break with established Roman policy, they were allowed in, unsubdued. They revolted, and within two years had defeated and killed the emperor Valens--the one who had received them.

What Valens had done was the Christian thing to do, but it had never been the Roman thing to do. Valens has his modern counterpart in George W. Bush. For in May 2006, Republican senators at Bush's urging joined Democrats to offer a blanket amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens and permit US businesses to go abroad and bring in foreign workers. Senators had been shocked by the millions of Hispanics marching in America's cities under Mexican flags. And as was the emperor Valens, President Bush was hailed for his compassion and vision.

Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p. 3 , Oct 2, 2007

Previous immigration was limited; now it's an invasion

No one knows how many illegal aliens are here. The estimates run from 12 to 20 million.

This is not immigration as America knew it, when men and women made a conscious choice to turn their backs on their native lands and cross the ocean to become Americans. This is an invasion, the greatest invasion in history. Nothing of this magnitude has ever happened in so short a span of time. There are 36 million immigrants and their children in the US today, almost as many as came to American between Jamestown in 1607 and the Kennedy election of 1960. Nearly 90% of all immigrants now come from continents and countries whose peoples have never been assimilated fully into any Western country.

Against the will of a vast majority of Americans, America is being transformed.

Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p. 5 , Oct 2, 2007

Muslim immigrants retain identity & don't assimilate

No modern European nation has ever assimilated a huge cohort of immigrants, let alone tens of millions of Muslims. Not one. And unlike African-Americans, the Islamic people pouring into Europe--there are 20 million in the European Union alone--are strangers. Millions do not wish to give up their Arab and Islamic identities and cultures and become Europeans. They wish to remain Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Turk--and Muslim. Most adhere to a faith historically hostile to Christianity that is growing in militancy and recoils from a secularized, sex-saturated European culture. In the threatened war of civilizations, this vast Muslim cohort is a potential 5th column in the heart of a post-Christian Europe.
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p.195 , Oct 2, 2007

Remove 12 million illegal aliens by attrition & enforcement

"Massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic. It's just not going to work," an embattled President Bush railed in Irvine, CA. "You can hear people out there [demonstrators] hollering it's going to work. It's not going to work." John McCain repeatedly demands that opponents of his McCain-Kennedy bill explain how they propose to remove 12 million illegal aliens from the US.

Bush is attacking a straw man. We do not need to create a Gestapo or send federal agents to round up and deport nannies or gardeners. And the answer to McCain may be summed up in a single word: attrition. Vigorous enforcement of US laws will persuade millions to go home. If they cannot find jobs, if they are denied welfare, food stamps, and rent supplements, if their children are not all educated for free after they break in, they will not come, and many will go home, as earlier immigrants went home who did not find what they sought here.

Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p.268-9 , Oct 2, 2007

Dividing line on immigration is elite vs. workers

With the Constitution, the law, and the policies on the side of doing his duty and securing our broken borders, why does President Bush not act? What is paralyzing the White House? Answer: Political correctness, political cowardice, political opportunism, a sense of guilt for America's sins, and twin ideologies that have a grip on our elites not unlike a religious cult.

A White House that calls itself conservative sees Hispanics as its last hope to cling to power. Unpatriotic elites really do not care about the other America. For they live in another country, a country of gated communities.

The dividing line on the issue is not liberal vs. conservative, but elites vs. the people. A 2002 poll exposed the gulf between average Americans and the elites. While 60% of those surveyed said present levels of immigration constitute "a critical threat to the vital interests of the US," only 14% of prominent Americans agreed.

Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p. 69-71 , Oct 2, 2007

It's a myth that America is a nation of immigrants

"America is a nation of immigrants": It is among our most beautiful myths. It appeals to the heart. And there is truth to it. Many of us can trace bloodlines back to ancestors who came over in the 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th centuries. But save for the 36 million here now, we are not "a nation of immigrants." Rarely have immigrants constituted 10% of our number.
    What is different about today's immigration?
  1. We have almost as many foreigners here today as came in the first 350 years of our history
  2. Most of those coming are breaking in. They have no right to be here
  3. Almost all immigrants today, legal & illegal, come from countries and cultures whose peoples have never before been assimilated into a First World nation
  4. The melting pot is cracke & broken, and our elites believe it should be smashed as a relic of cultural repression
  5. Among those coming now, many bring with them no love of America or any desire to be one of us. Most come to work; some bring hostility in their hearts.
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p.220-2 , Oct 2, 2007

Easier to assimilate Englishmen than Zulus

In discussing immigration, Buchanan had rattled a lot of nerves when he asked rhetorically, "if we had to take a million immigrants in, say Zulus next year or Englishmen, and put them in Virginia, what group would be easier to assimilate and would cause less problems for the people of Virginia?"

Buchanan maintained he was not a racist. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. But I wondered, why had he time and again selected language that he knew would appeal to the worst people instead of the best? Why Zulus?

Source: The Choice, by Bob Woodward, p. 148 , Nov 1, 2005

Melting pot is broken; newcomers no longer assimilate

America's native-born population has ceased to grow. Its birth rate has fallen below replacement levels. U.S. population growth now comes from immigrants, legal and illegal, from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The religious, ethnic, and racial composition of the country, a child of Europe, is changing more rapidly than that of any other great nation in history in an era when race, religion, and ethnicity are tearing countries apart. The melting pot no longer works its magic. Newcomers are not assimilating.

The American people have demanded in every survey that illegal immigration be halted and legal immigration reduced. But the president and Congress refuse to do their constitutional duty to defend the states of the Union from what has become a foreign invasion.

Source: Where The Right Went Wrong, by Pat Buchanan, p. 7 , Aug 12, 2004

Terrorists are among us as undocumented immigrants

Though Osama bin Laden may be the instigator and financier of terror, the war crimes of Tuesday last were carried out by men who live among us. The enemy is already inside the gates. How many others among our 11 million “undocumented” immigrants are ready to carry out truck bombings, assassinations, sabotage, skyjackings?
Source: Los Angeles Times, Op-Ed page , Sep 18, 2001

Stop the invasion from the south; limit immigration

Buchanan said his exclusion from the three televised debates between Bush and Gore kept viewers from a real discussion of issues like immigration. “One of the great social crises of this country is unrestricted immigration and an invasion from the south,” he said. “I will cut back legal immigration to 250,000 a year and I will defend America’s border, if necessary with American troops.”
Source: Zachary Coile, San Francisco Examiner , Oct 27, 2000

Teach new immigrants to be American & limit their numbers

If America is to survive as “one nation,” we must take an immigration “time out” to mend the melting pot. As President, I will: Halt illegal immigration by securing our borders. Stand with the three-in-four Americans who agree that mass legal immigration must be reduced by restoring the 20th century average of 250,000 to 300,000 immigrants per year. Support a national campaign of assimilation to teach newly adopted Americans our culture, history, traditions, and English language.
Source: Buchanan/Foster site , Aug 6, 2000

A million immigrants a year: “we’re gonna lose our country”

Q: I would like to ask Mr. Buchanan about his stance on immigration, which has usually been against Third World people. He has openly objected to Africans coming here. Why are you not allowing or giving everybody the same favors to enter this country as long as they are qualified to be here?

A: All I’m saying is that our levels of immigration now in the last 30 years have been enormous. It’s almost over a million legal immigrants a year, and half a million illegals who come here and stay. And you’re rapidly changing the nature of the entire country; we speak 300 languages. Unless we do something and make sure the things that unite us are elevated--like language and history and all the rest of it--we’re gonna lose our country, my friend. But anybody from any country and any continent can be a good American. We know that from our history.

Source: National Public Radio interview, “Talk of the Nation” , May 30, 2000

Most pressing foreign policy crisis: illegal immigration

Increasingly, Buchanan is known as an enemy of immigration, especially immigration from below the Rio Grande. He wants a triple fence, heavily policed, to keep Mexicans out of the US. He calls illegal immigration -- not Russia’s nukes, not North Korea’s missiles, not Saddam’s dreams of mass destruction, but immigration -- “America’s most pressing foreign policy crisis.”
Source: Jeff Jacoby editorial, Boston Globe , Sep 20, 1999

Secure our porous borders; teach immigrants English

[We should] halt illegal immigration by securing our porous borders and strengthening internal enforcement. I support a national campaign of assimilation to teach newly adopted Americans our culture, history, traditions, and English language. To do otherwise cripples American cohesion and keeps the newest members of the American family from full participation. Legal immigration must be reduced by restoring the 20th century average of 250,000 to 300,000 immigrants per year.
Source: www.GoPatGo.org/ “Issues: Immigration Reform” , Jun 5, 1999

Immigration “time out”; reduce to 250,000 per year

We need an immigration “time out.” I will enact a new federal law to restore immigration levels to 250,000 a year-America’s historical 20th Century average-strengthen the Border Patrol, lengthen the “Buchanan Fence” on the southern frontier, repatriate illegals, and repair the great American melting pot. The 27 million who have come into our nation since 1970 shall be assimilated and Americanized, introduced fully into our history, culture, the English language and American traditions.
Source: www.gopatgo2000.com/000-c-immigration.html 5/28/99 , May 28, 1999


Pat Buchanan on Mexico

White America is endangered species; Mexico is moving north

What caused the historic decline of White America to minority status?