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Why do liberal want so many immigrants, even illegals, to become citizens?

Dennis Prager on

On one thing we can all agree: The left wants more and more immigrants -- including immigrants who enter or are in the country illegally -- to come to America and become American citizens.

The question is, why?

The first and most obvious reason is political. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, chain migration, sanctuary cities and citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally will give the left political power. An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Latin American immigrants will vote Democrat. So, with enough new voters from Latin America alone, the Democrats would essentially be assured the presidency and Congress for decades.

Conservatives and Republicans fool themselves when they argue that Latin Americans are "social conservatives" because they oppose abortion and support a strong nuclear family. Even to the extent that those statements are true -- and regarding the second claim, it is worth noting that Latinos have the third-highest percentage of births to unwed women in America -- those arguments are irrelevant. Latin Americans are overwhelmingly on the political left, and they vote accordingly. Think about the Latin American Pope Francis' beliefs about big government, small militaries and the social welfare state, and his contempt for capitalism ("terrorism against all humanity") -- and you know how the vast majority of Latin Americans think.

What is likely to change Latino immigrants' leftism? America's public schools and universities? The Spanish-language media? The compelling outreach to them by the Republican Party?

Moreover, the Democrats don't believe they have to compromise with a Republican president or a Republican Congress on immigration policy. They are confident they will gain control of the Senate and, quite possibly, the House this year; and they believe they will win the presidency in 2020. So, why compromise?

 

The second reason for the left's support for virtually unlimited immigration is that one of the most enduring tenets of the left -- from Karl Marx to the present-day Democratic Party and left-wing parties in Western Europe -- is that the nation-state is an anachronism.

The American left doesn't believe in America, just as the English left doesn't believe in England. That's why the American left supported the football players who refused to stand for the national anthem. For the left, reverence for the national anthem and the flag is a pathetic "patriotism" celebrated by the simple-minded and the deplorable.

Marx's "Communist Manifesto" ends with an appeal to class solidarity, not national solidarity: "Proletariat of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains." The left has never divided the world by nation-states but by economic classes. In its view, the German, Korean and American working classes have everything in common, but these workers have nothing in common with fellow Germans, Koreans and Americans who are not working-class.

Thus, virtually all communist genocides -- and virtually every major genocide of the 20th century was a communist genocide -- did not entail the mass murder of another nationality. Communist Chairman Mao Zedong killed between 60 and 80 million people -- millions of his fellow Chinese. Cambodian leader Pol Pot murdered nearly a quarter of his fellow Cambodians. Soviet leader Josef Stalin murdered about 20 million of his fellow Russians and deliberately starved 4 million Ukrainians -- because of their class (the "kulaks": peasants who owned land or even just some cows).

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