A last word on why it would be a mistake for America--and Kansas--to listen to the Siren Song of anti-immigration emanating from the Island of Faiakes where Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his compatriots have immured themselves…
Reflect on which America we would like our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to live one. Would you prefer one in which nearly everyone is descended from those who got here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, or before; who then looked around and saw that they had a good thing; and who then decided to pull up the ladder? Does that "I've got mine" attitude lead to a healthy civilization? Or would you prefer an America in which in two generations a critical mass of people really do have the immigrant experience only two or three generations back in their family trees--really do have a recent family tradition of grandparents who were entrepreneurial people, not too respectful of picky bureaucratic regulations,willing to take risks and move great distances to try to get a better life for themselves and their families?
For me it is clear who I want my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to dwell among, and marry. For I do find that I take seriously the injunction that my great
We must consider, that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people upon us…. "There is now set before us life and good, death and evil, in that we are commanded this day to love the Lord our God and to love one another… that the Lord our God may bless us in the land."
And there is more. In the world of 8 billion people or so that we see likely in the late 21st century, we see two different Americas: an immigrant-hostile America of 400 million or so who see themselves as the haves, and an immigrant-friendly America of 600 million or so--a significantly larger slice of the world--who see themselves as the strivers. To the extent you think that America is a force for good in the world--and I do--which America will be able to do the most good for the rest of the world?