The law led to an influx of new Democratic voters via immigration. Now, any politician wanting to land this growing immigrant vote -- whether Democrat or Republican -- had better find a way to pander to the idea of multiculturalism, or, theoretically, risk alienating a major swath of voters. Ronald Reagan presided over near-record levels of annual legal immigration, and George W. Bush was anything but tough on immigration, maintaining immigration levels from the same countries against which we struggled ideologically in the aftermath of 9/11. No one wants to touch it.
The idea of any and all legal immigration being a net positive is something that has been deeply planted in the public conscience through leftist brainwashing and diversity-promotion initiatives, typically starting in the public education system. If anything, the Ipsos poll finally proves this to be definitively true, with the most educated respondents being the most supportive of immigration. Educated Canadians have the most positive view of immigration of anyone in the world. As a product of that system, I can vouch for the amount of multicultural and diversity peddling to which the average student is subjected in the absence of any counterpoint. This, despite the fact that the two founding factions, French and English Canadians, haven't ever gotten along, even leading to a period of French nationalist terrorism, which has since been subdued by repeatedly buying off the French-Canadian province of Quebec.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the Ipsos survey -- and most in conflict with current U.S. policy -- is that 45 percent of people prefer skilled, educated immigrants who take high-level jobs that locals won't do over low-skilled immigrants or those who don't work at all. So future policy ought to focus on importing top talent and limiting low-level immigration -- which is also a recipe for competitive success in the global economy. It would be a safe place for politicians to start on a subject they've all been avoiding.
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