Has Ann Coulter never left the United States? That’s sure what it seems like:
This is the only country on Earth that thinks it’s not sporting to consider our own interests in choosing immigrants. Try showing up in any other country on the planet, illiterate and penniless, and announcing: “I’ve seen pictures of your country and it looks great. I think I’d like to live here! Oh, and by the way, would you mind changing all your government and business phone messages, street signs and ballots into my native language? Thanks!” They would laugh you out of the country.
One of the first things I noticed as a traveler was how everything, almost everywhere in the world, caters to an English-speaking population. Signs in Spain, France, Mexico, Italy, Egypt, Greece, Germany — all in English. You can select to proceed in English when using ATMS or phone cards or computers at internet cafes. An astounding number of people around the world, even in developing nations, speak English.
So no, they wouldn’t laugh you out of the country. They’ve already made allowances for English speakers.
America has a seller’s market in immigration, but thanks to Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law, we no longer favor skilled workers from developed nations, but instead favor unskilled immigrants from the Third World. Kennedy’s bill promptly cut the number of European immigrants in half and increased Third World immigrants to 85 percent of the total.
See, this is a really cute misrepresentation. First, it wasn’t Kennedy’s bill, although he strongly supported it. Second, it was put in place largely to undue the Chinese Exclusion Act and other race-based immigration programs which gave heavy preference to Western European immigrants and actively barred Asian and other non-white immigrants from getting visas. So yes, it would follow that more immigrants from the so-called “Third World” would come, and that they would make up a greater percentage of immigrants than before — because previously, our immigration laws had purposely barred brown people from coming in. But that, apparently, is how Ann likes it.
Oh, and considering that about 80 percent of the world’s population is in the “third world,” it would probably make sense that our immigration statistics reflected that.
As hardworking as illegal immigrants are when they come here, they are immediately demagogued by liberals into adopting the victimhood pose so popular on college campuses. Everybody wants to act like his ancestors were brought here on slave ships.
In other words, brown people are perfectly fine when they first arrive, but then they start acting like the blacks.
And in case this point wasn’t clear enough, the title of her column is “Brown is the new black.”
Does Ann really think that immigrant workers have all that much contact with liberal college kids who seek to brainwash them into a victimization mentality? No, they’re generally a little busy doing physically difficult, exhausting work for very little pay while still trying to take care of their families and maintain ties with their communities. They don’t have the privilege to sit around and feel victimized — or write articles for Townhall about how the presence of some brown-skinned folks is a real downer for people like Ann who think America should be full only of rich white skinny people.
Consider this e-mail from Michele Waslin, La Raza’s director of Immigration Policy Research, to her members denouncing Sen. Lamar Alexander’s proposal to provide government grants to immigrants who want to learn English and American history and to organizations offering those courses. (I’d be happy with a law that simply trained new immigrants not to be “offended” all the time.)
Even though this potentially meant free money for La Raza, Waslin — of the Guadalajara Waslins — ominously warned that while the amendment “doesn’t overtly mention assimilation, it is very strong on the patriotism and traditional American values language in a way which is potentially dangerous to our communities.”
Meanwhile, Americans aren’t allowed to consider whether millions of immigrants refusing to learn English and American history is “potentially dangerous to our communities.”
It’s relatively clear that Waslin probably didn’t unequivocally oppose the amendment, or you can bet that Ann would have quoted that language. Instead she’s pointing out potential problems with it, based on a long history of forced assimilation, sterilization campaigns, and community-destroying efforts at the hands of the U.S. government. Immigrants and brown people in this country have a right to be wary about these things, considering that their families have historically been ripped apart, their children taken away, and their rights to reproduce stripped from them. Now I know Ann (“Of the Connecticut Coulters” — what a smarmy, bitchy comment) may not care too much for “history” (it’s a myth, just like global warming), but surely she sees that millions of immigrants are not refusing to learn English and American history. That’s the stupidest damn thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Side story: I was getting a pedicure a few weeks ago and listening to the women in the salon chat with each other. The owner of the salon was a Korean woman who spoke English as her second (or maybe third or forth, who knows) language, and one of her Latina employers was giving her lessons in Spanish. It was a real New York moment — a Korean woman learning Spanish in the United States (and now I sound like Thomas Freedman). Point is, immigrants — just like me and you — are going to want to be able to communicate with others. Immigrants don’t dig their heels into the ground and refuse to learn English. Might some have a bit of trouble paying for and fitting in English classes on less than minimum wage and a 10-hour-or-more workday? Yeah. But it’s not selfish refusal.
I wonder, when Ann travels out of the country (if she does, which I doubt), if she’s fluent in the spoken language of every place she visits. Somehow I doubt it.
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