A Nation of Immigrants
Organizations like the Brookings Institute love to spread the “nation of immigrants” dogma. But it’s likely they have never truly thought much deeper about the subject than John F. Kennedy’s book of the same name.
This mantra discredits the existence of heritage America. It erases our shared history, values, and cultures to that of a “melting pot”. This belief, in a nation of immigrants, is one of the most pervasive lies that remain instilled in our people to this day.
Multiculturalism is not our history. Settler colonialism is. We’re descendants of a nation of hardened settlers, such as the Anglo-Saxons, Scots, Irish, Germans, and so forth. This history had to be overwritten to appease the civil rights advocates, and the neocons let it happen. The elites needed a new narrative on U.S. History to address the issues in our past that presented problems to them. Thus, the idea of an immigrant nation was born.
What’s most curious is that even other left-wing outlets, such as NPR, have given up the battle for the immigrant nation narrative. Instead, they say that because of the Immigration Act of 1965, now we are a nation of immigrants. Same conclusion, but no longer with a focus on the founding. Even other looney leftists like the Boston Review are publishing headlines about America not being an immigrant nation. They are moving away from the “immigration-nation from the founding” theory because it is being too discredited and it no longer serves their purpose of silencing identitarians.
The only ones left that cling to this narrative are the grey masses that had it shoved down their throats for decades.
But that theory is discredited for good reason. Because it’s wrong. You don’t need to be a genius to figure it out. Just review some real raw immigration data. That’s literally all it takes. But people can’t even be bothered to do that. They just keep believing the dogma.
But since you came to this page, you won’t be so lucky. You’re forced to see it:
In 1830, nearly 60 years post-founding, the percent of foreign-born population was only 1.6%. We were getting about 60k immigrants a year until then, which is so small compared to overall population growth that it is barely reportable.
But it gets even better because we’re already nearing the peak:
Notice the blue bar around 1970, which is right around the time that the elites started telling everyone we are a nation of immigrants.
Most “nation of immigrants” advocates like to use the total number of current immigrants as proof of their position, but that’s disingenuous. What matters is the percent of foreign-born population relative to the natives. Our immigration amounts were not large throughout history until recent years. Neither was our immigrant population percentage.
We cap out at about 15% back in the 1870s to early 90s.
Then the percentage of immigrants declines.
So much for a nation of immigrants—We dropped to only about 5% until the Boomer years and their related policies.
NPR is right (for once) when they say that in 1965 we became a nation of immigrants, all because of that one Act of 1965.
15% is hardly an amount to write home about regarding foreign-born populations. Again, let’s turn to the data to see why.
Let’s take a snapshot at 1960 for some similar states:
- United States: 5-9% (Data varies)
- Australia: 23.13%
- Italy: 2.51%
- Switzerland: 20.86%
- Japan: 0.88%
- Sweden: 9.22%
- Greece: 6.10%
- Ireland: 6.40%
- Canada: 15.67%
- Spain: 2.10%
The purpose of this example isn’t to show that America is the lowest. It’s to show that America is situated somewhere in the middle. We are average when it comes to percent of foreign-born populations. This number flexes a bit over time country-to-country, but we remain relatively average until more recently.
The short takeaway is we were not different from any other nation regarding the intake of immigrants.
If we’re a nation of immigrants, so is everyone else. Many far more so than us.
The other big key to this issue is the type of immigrant being taken in. Most people think of non-whites when they hear the word “immigrant”. The “nation of immigrants” gives the visual imagery that there were boatloads of Mexicans and Indians arriving throughout all of our history. This simple isn’t true. That shift did not happen until the Act.
Again, the data:
Even in the early 1960s, the vast majority of immigrants were European/Canadian. This percentage is even larger the further back you go. It wasn’t until after the Immigration Act was going at full speed that the shift to the “diverse immigrant nation” occurred.
Throughout most of our history, it was immigrants of other similar people that assimilated rapidly. A lot of Canadian settlers of similar character and Europeans.
Look at the state distribution of immigrants for a clear example. Both in the past and a more recent example. It will blow you away if you haven’t seen this information before:
Compare those to now:
There are a lot of other great views if you go to the link above. You’ll probably have to use the un-archived version.
All of this should make it clear: We’ve been lied to since birth about the ‘immigrant nation’ dogma.
We are our own nation; our own people. We deserve to exist and have a shared culture just like all other nations. Our people should not be overwritten because of immigrants.
A heritage nation exists within the United States. We will continue to exist. This remains reality whether the immigrants and leftists want to believe it or not.
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