Rachel Marsden

Ipsos has just released a poll measuring citizens' perception of immigration in 23 countries. Despite what politicians around the world would have their countrymen believe, the average person isn't buying the benefits of current immigration policy.

The poll proves that our collective gut is indeed in line with reality: 80 percent of world citizens, from Russia and Brazil to America and India, feel that immigration has increased over the past five years, with 52 percent feeling it's too much. Of respondents, 45 percent believe immigration has a negative impact on their country. This is legal, above-board immigration with which people are taking issue.

While politicians in America typically focus on the 12 million or so illegal immigrants, they often ignore the fact that the country is taking in more than a million new legal immigrants every year.

America may have been built on immigration, but it wasn't the kind of mass Third World immigration that we've been seeing over the past 40 years. The left originally introduced the concept of Third World multiculturalism to America during the Lyndon Johnson presidency through the Democratic Party's Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. It was born of white-guilt overkill in the shade of the Civil Rights Movement.

At the time, Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy said: "Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia. ... In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think. ... The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs."

In the true final analysis, the new law opened the floodgates to exponentially more Third World immigrants than originally planned -- and did it on the basis of "family reunification" rather than skill.

Before the new law, immigrants to the U.S. came overwhelmingly from Western European democracies and Canada. Afterward, immigration from Latin America and Asia dominated, while European immigration was reduced from 86 percent of the total to a mere sliver of 13 percent.

Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
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