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The real lesson from Paris

Don Rogers

Perhaps the following is a “lesson.” But it’s the wrong one. There’s good reason those “terrible” Mexicans don’t riot in American streets, as impoverished immigrants from the Arab world are doing in France.

In America, thankfully, we have just enough sense as a nation to educate everyone, and to take care of people as people. The most venal of our nativists would treat them like dogs, cut off all help, and utterly fail to provide education, the most important thing we can do for our immigrants whether “illegal” or nice and white like eastern Europeans and such.



America was built on “huge” tides of immigrants. The natives in turn hated the Irish, the Italians, the eastern Europeans and on and on. They were different, they didn’t love America as their descendents allegedly did (which was pure bunk in the main).

But America was really built on opportunity and public education for everyone. That’s right, everyone. Drop those hallowed tenets once folks are here and yeah, look at France.



That’s the real lesson.

The French Riots and U.S. Immigration Policy

Lessons for Lawmakers?



WASHINGTON (November 2005) — As riots engulf France’s immigrant communities and threaten to spread across Europe, government leaders there are learning — perhaps too late — that immigrant numbers and integration matter.

The United States, with its more successful history of immigration and assimilation, still has time to avoid going down the same path. However, proposals for huge new foreign-worker schemes, that could dwarf even the great wave of immigration we have experienced over the past generation, would create for the United States many of the problems Europe is experiencing.

To assess these developments and discuss proactive policy choices for American lawmakers, the Center for Immigration Studies is sponsoring a Capitol Hill panel discussion on Monday, November 14, in Rayburn House Office Building Room 2141, at 9:30 a.m. The panel will include:

* Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies;

* Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy;

* Stephen Steinlight, Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Keeley at (202) 466-8185 or jmk@cis.org.

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