Pat Buchanan on Immigration
2000 Reform Candidate for President
Letting in foreigners was Christian, but killed ancient Rome
In 376 AD, a large band of Gothic refugees arrives at the Empire's Danube frontier, asking for asylum. In a complete break with established Roman policy, they were allowed in, unsubdued.
They revolted, and within two years had defeated and killed the emperor Valens--the one who had received them.
What Valens had done was the Christian thing to do, but it had never been the Roman thing to do. Valens has his modern counterpart in
George W. Bush. For in May 2006, Republican senators at Bush's urging joined Democrats to offer a blanket amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens and permit US businesses to go abroad and bring in foreign workers.
Senators had been shocked by the millions of Hispanics marching in America's cities under Mexican flags. And as was the emperor Valens, President Bush was hailed for his compassion and vision.
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p. 3
, Oct 2, 2007
Previous immigration was limited; now it's an invasion
No one knows how many illegal aliens are here. The estimates run from 12 to 20 million.
This is not immigration as America knew it, when men and women made a conscious choice to turn their backs on their
native lands and cross the ocean to become Americans. This is an invasion, the greatest invasion in history. Nothing of this magnitude has ever happened in so short a span of time.
There are 36 million immigrants and their children in the US today, almost as many as came to American between Jamestown in 1607 and the Kennedy election of 1960.
Nearly 90% of all immigrants now come from continents and countries whose peoples have never been assimilated fully into any Western country.
Against the will of a vast majority of Americans, America is being transformed.
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p. 5
, Oct 2, 2007
Muslim immigrants retain identity & don't assimilate
No modern European nation has ever assimilated a huge cohort of immigrants, let alone tens of millions of Muslims. Not one. And unlike African-Americans, the Islamic people pouring into Europe--there are 20 million in the
European Union alone--are strangers. Millions do not wish to give up their Arab and Islamic identities and cultures and become Europeans.
They wish to remain Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Turk--and Muslim. Most adhere to a faith historically hostile to Christianity that is growing in militancy and recoils from a secularized, sex-saturated European culture.
In the threatened war of civilizations, this vast Muslim cohort is a potential 5th column in the heart of a post-Christian Europe.
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p.195
, Oct 2, 2007
Remove 12 million illegal aliens by attrition & enforcement
"Massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic. It's just not going to work," an embattled President Bush railed in Irvine, CA. "You can hear people out there [demonstrators] hollering it's going to work. It's not going to work." John McCain
repeatedly demands that opponents of his McCain-Kennedy bill explain how they propose to remove 12 million illegal aliens from the US.
Bush is attacking a straw man. We do not need to create a Gestapo or send federal agents to round up and deport
nannies or gardeners. And the answer to McCain may be summed up in a single word: attrition. Vigorous enforcement of US laws will persuade millions to go home. If they cannot find jobs, if they are denied welfare, food stamps, and rent supplements,
if their children are not all educated for free after they break in, they will not come, and many will go home, as earlier immigrants went home who did not find what they sought here.
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p.268-9
, Oct 2, 2007
Dividing line on immigration is elite vs. workers
With the Constitution, the law, and the policies on the side of doing his duty and securing our broken borders, why does President Bush not act? What is paralyzing the White House? Answer: Political correctness, political cowardice, political
opportunism, a sense of guilt for America's sins, and twin ideologies that have a grip on our elites not unlike a religious cult.
A White House that calls itself conservative sees Hispanics as its last hope to cling to power.
Unpatriotic elites really do not care about the other America. For they live in another country, a country of gated communities.
The dividing line on the issue is not liberal vs. conservative, but elites vs. the people. A 2002 poll exposed the gulf
between average Americans and the elites. While 60% of those surveyed said present levels of immigration constitute "a critical threat to the vital interests of the US," only 14% of prominent Americans agreed.
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p. 69-71
, Oct 2, 2007
It's a myth that America is a nation of immigrants
"America is a nation of immigrants": It is among our most beautiful myths. It appeals to the heart. And there is truth to it. Many of us can trace bloodlines back to ancestors who came over in the 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th centuries. But save for the 36
million here now, we are not "a nation of immigrants." Rarely have immigrants constituted 10% of our number.
What is different about today's immigration?
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p.220-2
, Oct 2, 2007
- We have almost as many foreigners here today as came in the first 350 years of our history
Most of those coming are breaking in. They have no right to be here
- Almost all immigrants today, legal & illegal, come from countries and cultures whose peoples have never before been assimilated into a First World nation
- The melting pot is cracke
& broken, and our elites believe it should be smashed as a relic of cultural repression
- Among those coming now, many bring with them no love of America or any desire to be one of us. Most come to work; some bring hostility in their hearts.
Easier to assimilate Englishmen than Zulus
In discussing immigration, Buchanan had rattled a lot of nerves when he asked rhetorically, "if we had to take a million immigrants in,
say Zulus next year or Englishmen, and put them in Virginia, what group would be easier to assimilate and would cause less problems for the people of Virginia?"
Buchanan maintained he was not a racist. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. But I wondered, why had he time and again
selected language that he knew would appeal to the worst people instead of the best? Why Zulus?
Source: The Choice, by Bob Woodward, p. 148
, Nov 1, 2005
Melting pot is broken; newcomers no longer assimilate
America's native-born population has ceased to grow. Its birth rate has fallen below replacement levels. U.S. population growth now comes from immigrants, legal and illegal, from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
The religious, ethnic, and racial composition of the country, a child of Europe, is changing more rapidly than that of any other great nation in history in an era when race, religion, and ethnicity are tearing countries apart.
The melting pot no longer works its magic. Newcomers are not assimilating.
The American people have demanded in every survey that illegal immigration be halted and legal immigration reduced.
But the president and Congress refuse to do their constitutional duty to defend the states of the Union from what has become a foreign invasion.
Source: Where The Right Went Wrong, by Pat Buchanan, p. 7
, Aug 12, 2004
Terrorists are among us as undocumented immigrants
Though Osama bin Laden may be the instigator and financier of terror, the war crimes of Tuesday last were carried out by men who live among us.
The enemy is already inside the gates. How many others among our 11 million “undocumented” immigrants are ready to carry out truck bombings, assassinations, sabotage, skyjackings?
Source: Los Angeles Times, Op-Ed page
, Sep 18, 2001
Stop the invasion from the south; limit immigration
Buchanan said his exclusion from the three televised debates between Bush and Gore kept viewers from a real discussion of issues like immigration. “One of the great social crises of this country is unrestricted immigration
and an invasion from the south,” he said. “I will cut back legal immigration to 250,000 a year and I will defend America’s border, if necessary with American troops.”
Source: Zachary Coile, San Francisco Examiner
, Oct 27, 2000
Teach new immigrants to be American & limit their numbers
If America is to survive as “one nation,” we must take an immigration “time out” to mend the melting pot. As President, I will: Halt illegal immigration by securing our borders. Stand with the three-in-four Americans who agree that mass legal immigration
must be reduced by restoring the 20th century average of 250,000 to 300,000 immigrants per year. Support a national campaign of assimilation to teach newly adopted Americans our culture, history, traditions, and English language.
Source: Buchanan/Foster site
, Aug 6, 2000
A million immigrants a year: “we’re gonna lose our country”
Q: I would like to ask Mr. Buchanan about his stance on immigration, which has usually been against Third World people. He has openly objected to Africans coming here. Why are you not allowing or giving everybody the same favors to enter this country as
long as they are qualified to be here?
A: All I’m saying is that our levels of immigration now in the last 30 years have been enormous. It’s almost over a million legal immigrants a year, and half a million illegals who come here and stay. And you’re
rapidly changing the nature of the entire country; we speak 300 languages. Unless we do something and make sure the things that unite us are elevated--like language and history and all the rest of it--we’re gonna lose our country, my friend. But anybody
from any country and any continent can be a good American. We know that from our history.
Source: National Public Radio interview, “Talk of the Nation”
, May 30, 2000
Most pressing foreign policy crisis: illegal immigration
Increasingly, Buchanan is known as an enemy of immigration, especially immigration from below the Rio Grande. He wants a triple fence, heavily policed, to keep Mexicans out of the US. He calls illegal immigration -- not Russia’s nukes, not North Korea’s
missiles, not Saddam’s dreams of mass destruction, but immigration -- “America’s most pressing foreign policy crisis.”
Source: Jeff Jacoby editorial, Boston Globe on 2000 Pres. race
, Sep 20, 1999
Secure our porous borders; teach immigrants English
[We should] halt illegal immigration by securing our porous borders and strengthening internal enforcement. I support a national campaign of assimilation to teach newly adopted Americans our culture, history, traditions, and English language. To do
otherwise cripples American cohesion and keeps the newest members of the American family from full participation. Legal immigration must be reduced by restoring the 20th century average of 250,000 to 300,000 immigrants per year.
Source: www.GoPatGo.org/ “Issues: Immigration Reform”
, Jun 5, 1999
Immigration “time out”; reduce to 250,000 per year
We need an immigration “time out.” I will enact a new federal law to restore immigration levels to 250,000 a year-America’s historical 20th Century average-strengthen the Border Patrol, lengthen the “Buchanan Fence” on the southern frontier, repatriate
illegals, and repair the great American melting pot. The 27 million who have come into our nation since 1970 shall be assimilated and Americanized, introduced fully into our history, culture, the English language and American traditions.
Source: www.gopatgo2000.com/000-c-immigration.html 5/28/99
, May 28, 1999
Pat Buchanan on Mexico
White America is endangered species; Mexico is moving north
What caused the historic decline of White America to minority status?
- A white birth rate that has been below replacement level for decades.
- A 40-year tidal wave of immigrants that was predicted (before the recession) to surge from
1.3 million a year to 2 million by 2050, almost all of it from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
- Birth rates among Hispanics, especially those who have come illegally, that far exceed the birth rate of native-born Americans.
Yet, no matter how many immigrants come or from where they come, white American is an endangered species. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of white children fell by 4.3 million, or 10 percent, a rate of disappearance of 430,000 a year.
moving north. Ethnically, linguistically, and culturally, the verdict of 1848 is being overturned. Will this Mexican nation within a nation advance the goals of the Constitution? Or has our passivity in the face of this invasion imperiled our union?
Source: Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan, p.132-133
, Oct 18, 2011
California is becoming the Third World state of Mexifornia
The Golden Land [of California] is no more. For the first time since the Spanish came, native-born Californians have begun to depart. Fed up with rising crime rates and rising taxes to subsidize illegal aliens, they are leaving for AZ, NV, ID and CO, as
the California they grew up in and loved morphed into Mexifornia.
Census 2000 revealed what many sensed: for the first time since statehood in 1849, European Americans had become a minority in the Golden State. In the 1990s, the state grew by
3 million, but its white population dropped by almost half a million. The Republican bastion of Orange County lost 6% of its white population.
California is going home to Mexico. Who can deny it? With 100,000 whites leaving California each year, the
Asian population soaring 42% in a decade, and 43% of all Californians under 18 Hispanic, California is becoming--indeed, has become--a Third World state.
Did California vote for this future? Never. They saw it coming and resisted as best they could.
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p. 48-50
, Oct 2, 2007
America is becoming Mexamerica
Half the 100 million Mexicans are still mired in poverty. Tens of millions are unemployed or underemployed. Because of devaluations, real wages are below what they were in 1993.
Thus the great migration north continues. Some 1.5 million are apprehended every year on our southern border breaking into the United States. Of the perhaps 500,000 who make it, one-third head for
Mexifornia, where their claims on Medicaid, schools, courts, prisons, and welfare have tipped the Golden State toward bankruptcy and induced millions of native-born Americans to flee in the great exodus to Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado.
Ten years after NAFTA, Mexico’s leading export to America is still--Mexicans. America is becoming Mexamerica.
Source: Where The Right Went Wrong, by Pat Buchanan, p.166
, Sep 1, 2004
Immigration tsunami will make whites a minority in US
The prognosis is grim. Between 2000 & 2050, world population will grow to over 9 billion people, but this 50% increase in global population will come entirely in Asia, Africa, & Latin America, as 100 million people of European stock vanish from the
Earth. But the immigration tsunami rolling over America is not coming from ‘all the races of Europe.’ The largest population transfer in history is coming from all the races of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and they are not ‘melting and reforming.
Source: The Death of the West, by Pat Buchanan, p. 3 & 12
, Nov 12, 2001
Make English our official language
Buchanan’s TV ad, titled “Meatball,” depicts a man who begins to choke when he hears of a government move to strip English of its status as the “national language.” The ad cites an executive order President Clinton signed in August making it easier
for non-English-speaking citizens to gain access to federal programs and services. The man calls 911 and, eyes bulging from the meatball stuck in his throat, hears an automated menu of languages to choose from. “Please listen for your language,” a
recording says. “For Spanish, press one. For Korean, press two. For Bengali, press three.” He dies before getting to English, though it’s unclear what the choking man would have done had he reached an English-speaking dispatcher. “That’s a good
question,” Buchanan said. “Do you ever miss English?” an announcer asks in the ad. “Immigration is out of control. Bush and Gore are writing off English for good.” Buchanan believes English should be the official U.S. language.
Source: Scott Lindlaw, Associated Press, on 2000 presidential race
, Oct 9, 2000
Use troops on borders to limit immigration
Q: Describe your immigration policy.
A: Frankly, we ought to get control of our immigration, as most Americans want. And, frankly, put our troops, if necessary, on the border to stop the one million illegals coming into this country.
250,000 to 300,000 a year could come in. We’d still be the most generous country in the world, but it would give us time to assimilate and Americanize the 30 million who have come here in recent decades.
Source: Nader-Buchanan debate on ‘Meet the Press’
, Oct 1, 2000
Vast majority wants border controls like Buchanan fence
I think the vast majority of the American people want immigration reform. They want our borders under control. They would like the atrocities that are occurring stopped cold. I think the whole Congress would support that. In Douglas, Arizona, they’ve got
thousands of people walking in every night, cattle are being poisoned, people’s homes are maximum security prisons. This is where all the illegal immigration has poured in now that the Buchanan fence has been built in San Diego.
Source: National Public Radio interview, “Talk of the Nation”
, May 30, 2000
Treat illegal immigration as an invasion & repel it
We cannot continue to allow illegal immigration. A country that loses control of its borders is not a country. The Constitution of the United States obligates the government to protect the states from foreign invasion. If we can send an army halfway
around the world to defend the borders of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, why can’t we defend the borders of the United States? I will build a security fence. We will seal the borders of this country cold. We will stop the illegal immigration in its tracks.
Source: United We Stand America Conference, p.321
, Aug 12, 1995
Other candidates on Immigration:
Pat Buchanan on other issues:
George W. Bush (R,2001-2009)
Bill Clinton (D,1993-2001)
George Bush Sr. (R,1989-1993)
Ronald Reagan (R,1981-1989)
Jimmy Carter (D,1977-1981)
Gerald Ford (R,1974-1977)
Richard Nixon (R,1969-1974)
Lyndon Johnson (D,1963-1969)
John F. Kennedy (D,1961-1963)
Dwight Eisenhower (R,1953-1961)
Harry_S_TrumanHarry S Truman(D,1945-1953)
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