October 20, 2004 : Are there cultural limits to any area’s ability to absorb new people?

Two recent CBC news items are worthy of note.

(1) The first was an item on the CBC’s World Report yesterday (October 19).
It looked at an Arizona Citizens’ Proposition 200 called “Protect Arizona Now” to defend the people of Arizona from a daily inflow of 4000 illegal immigrants who cross Arizona’s southern border with Mexico.

(A recent Time Magazine story stated that many of these people are Mexicans, but border arrests have revealed that a significant number of these illegal entrants are Latinos from other countries, Afghans, Russians, Chinese and people from the Middle East. The Arizona Citizens’ group estimates the illegal alien population in Arizona to be around 500,000. It also estimates the annual cost of providing public benefits to illegal aliens at $1 Billion. It states that illegal immigration causes economic hardship for people in Arizona, contradicts federal law, undermines border security and demeans the value of American citizenship.)

The CBC report stated that “Arizona is in the midst of a charged debate over illegal immigration” and that “A ballot proposition has set off a divisive contest in the state”. The CBC report added that “The proposition would force immigrants to prove citizenship before they receive any kind of state or local public service. Government workers who don’t enforce the law could themselves end up in jail”.

The CBC reporter interviewed a number of people on both sides of the debate. The reporter also noted that a flood of money had poured into the state to influence the vote. (The Citizens’ group has repeatedly stated that it has very little money, and that its opponents are wildly outspending them.)

The CBC reporter provided a good outsider’s look at the Arizona Citizens’ issue, but he failed to grasp the bigger picture. Arizona is but one of a number of American states that are reeling from a massive inflow (especially in the last 10 years) in the number of illegal immigrants to their areas. The Arizona Citizens’ proposition deals only with illegals. If passed, it would add to existing law by requiring that people provide proof of citizenship before they vote. Illegals would still be eligible for a host of generous benefits, but the state would continue to deny illegals other benefits available only to citizens. It would also require that state and local government employees report violations of federal immigration laws. At the moment, those laws are not being uniformly enforced.

The Arizona proposition is chiefly about the blatant failure of the American federal government to protect its own borders and its citizens within those borders.

The Arizona proposition also raises a large human question: Are there limits to the generosity and the cultural absorptive capacity of any group? In other words, is there a point at which the demands and numbers of newcomers become too great for the host group to bear? Is there a point at which any host group must feel that its own generosity is being abused and its own identity is being endangered by the sheer numbers of newcomers?

(2) A second CBC news item this morning (October 20) is also worthy of note. The item stated that prominent CBC staffers would be travelling across Canada to explore Canada’s multiculturalism and diversity. This action of the CBC is quite a contrast to the action of the Arizona Citizens’ group. The CBC attempts to provide Canadians with good news coverage of national and international significance. But its announcement that it will devote time to “exploring multiculturalism and diversity” reveals that it does not really understand the significance of these words.

The terms “multiculturalism” and “diversity” are used in Arizona, Canada and many other parts of the western world. The words are the immigration industry’s positive spin on mass immigration policies in Canada and many other countries. As a number of countries are finding out, the results of these movements will be the erasing of the local population and the replacing of it by an outside group. In other words, the true meanings of “multiculturalism” and “diversity” are “erasing” and “replacing” the local population. No place can withstand the inflows proposed for Canada, the U.S.A. and other western countries.

The illegal immigrant mess in Arizona is similar to the legal/illegal mess in many other parts of the U.S.A., in many European cities such as Rotterdam and London and in Canada’s three major immigrant receiving areas: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. An enormous inflow is overwhelming the environment, the economic infrastructure and the local cultural group.

If the CBC were capable of seeing what is going on in Canada, it would not be organizing Sycophants’ Picnics like the ones it is planning to stage.
What is going on should be a reason for widespread shame, and a reason for a CBC series devoted to the deceit and corruption that permeates the entire immigration issue. The CBC should not be obsequiously celebrating an insidious and massive demographic transformation in Canada—especially when no credible evidence has ever been presented for the transformation.

If elected officials had been doing their jobs in Arizona, there would have been no need for a Citizens’ Proposition on the November, 2004 ballot. If Canadian elected officials had been doing their jobs and if the CBC had been informing Canadians (rather than acting as the propaganda arm for Canada’s immigration industry), the immigration morass that the country finds itself in would never have happened.

Canadian elected officials at all levels have to take major corrective actions to remedy the immigration issue.