By Howard Foster -
Suppose a million illegal immigrants entered the U.S. every year across the Canadian border and they were conservative evangelical Christians whose children were automatically granted citizenship at birth and when they turned eighteen voted 80% Republican.
Over a decade, that unabated level of immigration would produce 20-30 million new Americans of a strongly conservative Republican-bent. After two decades those children would be voting, and given the close partisan alignment of the country, casting decisive Republican votes in federal and state elections.
Suppose further that those evangelicals were philosophically opposed to the welfare state and spoke out from their churches and in their communities against entitlement programs and called those who go on food stamps slackers, perhaps even publishing their names on the internet to shame them. Suppose further, that these evangelicals demanded that prayer be instituted in the public schools and called on the public at large to stop giving charity to drug addicts.
In short, suppose that these tens of millions of evangelicals, all the children of illegal immigrants, began to erode some of the foundations of American culture and philanthropy. Do you think the Left would remain tolerant and say nothing disparaging about these people? The question answers itself.
In my mind’s eye, I can picture the ACLU lawsuits against the public schools which capitulated to the evangelical demands, the boycott threats against any jurisdiction in which they formed a governing majority, and probably incessant calls to enforce the Canadian border, build a 3,000 mile topped with barbed wire, double the border patrol, and whatever else was necessary to stop the flow.
Democratic members of Congress who saw their majorities shrinking as the evangelical population exploded would demand laws against hiring or renting housing to the illegal immigrants, the repeal of birthright citizenship and otherwise making their lives here unbearable. This would not be seen as callousness by the New York Times, MSNBC and mainstream media. Rather, those institutions would denounce the attacks on our secular traditions, the First Amendment, etc, and portray the illegal immigrants as alien invaders bent on undermining our traditions.
We would not hear calls for tolerance, immigration reform, and that the Democratic party appease the growing evangelical community be embracing school prayer or other tenets of its agenda.
Pragmatic Democratic leaders would rightly point out that the evangelicals were basically Republicans (or worse) and could not be won over with insincere gestures of a belief in God or morality. The Democratic party would face an existential crisis. They would have to embrace appeasement as political survival or demand the border be sealed, both anathema to its history.
Meanwhile the ascendant Republican party insincerely caution the Democrats not to judge the illegals too harshly. After all, we would be told, weren’t we all immigrants at some point? Isn’t it bigoted to complain about immigrants just trying to survive and come to this country to better themselves?
But as the tide of illegal immigrants took its inevitable toll and the Democratic party was threatened with permanent minority status, would a few courageous leaders emerge to stand up to politically correct opinion and demand that the party face the facts. Or would the party be unable to face reality and accept demographic suicide by doing nothing?