Adios America! (Ann Coulter)


Many points in this book are well known to those who have been paying attention, but they probably bear repeating. To begin, the Left supports a continuing flood of immigrants because they or their children are expected to vote Democratic, while business interests fancy a source of low-cost labor. These factions have worked in concert to undermine the effective enforcement of the country’s immigration laws.

Most of the new arrivals are unskilled and relatively uneducated; many require public assistance in one form or another. They take low-level jobs that preexisting residents supposedly don’t want, displacing said residents in the labor force and encouraging them to go on the dole. Overall growth in welfare programs is placing an enormous and growing burden on the public treasury.

While the conventional wisdom is that the number of illegal immigrants in the US has stabilized at some 11-12 million people, the underlying census surveys are suspect because illegal immigrants aren’t anxious to make their presence known. The true number, according to Coulter, may be as high as 30 million.

Legal immigration is surely better than illegal immigration, but many questions remain. Just how many new arrivals should be allowed per year? What should they have to offer, what will they be expected to do, and how quickly can they be assimilated? And let’s not get carried away about the wonders of diversity, because having people in the national mix who don’t share the values of our culture or a common language can cause all kinds of trouble. Heavily represented in the new flood of immigrants are Hispanics from south of the border and Muslim refugees from the Middle East.

Considerable evidence is presented, with supporting footnotes, that the immigrants coming in are not being screened based on rational criteria such as providing needed knowledge or skills. Instead, we are receiving people claiming family relationships with illegal immigrants already in the country, asylum seekers parroting false narratives suggested by immigrant advocacy groups, underage females imported for sexual exploitation, etc.

When it comes to claims that immigrants typically have higher crime rates than the preexisting population, despoil the environment, and such, we would suggest caution. The examples presented may not be representative, and in any case they aren’t necessary to make Coulter’s case.

Our real problem with this book, however, is that it describes a huge problem without providing any solutions. Coulter does suggest a complete moratorium on immigration until the current mess is cleaned up, but that’s not going to happen. And if Republicans write off Hispanics and other nonwhites rather than trying to find ways to reach out to them, the GOP’s competitive position could become increasingly tenuous.

One suggestion that does seem helpful, however, is that Republicans must convince business leaders that it’s time to get serious about stopping illegal immigrants if they expect support on other issues. Here’s Coulter’s presumably tongue in cheek description of how to get the attention of the Chamber of Commerce.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to get business lobbyists in a car and drive them around with a gun to their heads for an hour, explaining: “We can give you regulatory reform, OSHA reform, tax relief, tort reform. But if we give you immigration, we won’t be in a position to give you anything else, ever again, and you’ll have to take your chances with Nancy Pelosi.”

Review also posted on Amazon.

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