But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn't really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation.
It was this society and culture that among other things - including economic opportunities here and repression in Europe - attracted subsequent generations of immigrants to this country.
Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past.
The great problem there is we have to have the cooperation of those other Asian countries.
Thus, biologically speaking the American people are literally only half an immigrant people.
The British were white, English, and Protestant, just as we were. They had to have some other basis on which to justify independence, and happily they were able to formulate the inalienable truths set forth in the Declaration.
Total falsehoods can be easily exposed for what they are by citing exceptions to their claims. Hence, they are less likely to be accepted as the total truth.
Partial truths or half-truths are often more insidious than total falsehoods.
I think clearly the United States, as well as other western nations, should stand by their commitments to human rights and democracy and should try to influence other countries to move in that direction.
It was one thing to contain the Soviet Union in Europe because Britain, France, and Germany were all willing to join in. But will Japan and other Asian countries be willing to join in the containment of China?
First of all, we haven't always welcomed immigrants.
Much of what we now consider to be problems concerning immigration and assimilation really concern Mexican immigration and assimilation.
Well, I think the United States first of all has to recognize the world for what it is.
We really only came around to accepting and integrating the propositional dimension of identity into a concept of ourselves at the time of the American Revolution.
We also thought of ourselves in racial and largely ethnic terms.
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