Peter Brimelow challenges this view in Alien Nation and in doing so raises fundamental issues of political theory. Brimelow begins by building a prima facie case. Alien Nation has 71 ratings and 7 reviews. Peter Brimelow has written a thought-provoking work that exposes the quirks and idiosyncracies of America’s. Peter Brimelow (born 13 October ) is a British-born American magazine editor, writer, Brimelow’s later books include Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster, The Wall Street Gurus: How You Can Profit from.

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To minimize the link with Britain, he asserted that “Europe, and not England, is the parent country of America” and that “not one third of the in- habitants, even of this province, are of English descent. In the past, waves of immigration have been followed by “great lulls”: The restrictionist legislation naton placed no specific ceiling on immigrants from the Western Hemi- sphere.

Like me, Paine was an English immigrant — indeed, he had arrived in Philadelphia from England alieen just over a year before. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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President Eisenhower brought it under control in with “Operation Wetback,” a coordinated attack on illegal immigration both at the border and within the United States. It is a characteristic of the American immigration debate that even the simplest statement of fact meets with deep and persistent denial from immigration enthusiasts. At least, I’ve never been tempted to offer invest- ment advice. The British used to have birthright citizen- ship, but in they restricted it — requiring for example that one parent be a legal resident — because of problems caused by immi- gration.

This is because it’s not just illegal immigration that is out of con- trol. And looked at like that, it’s not historically high at all.

One way is to chart the Border Patrol’s count of apprehensions at the border. All of these demographic projections, of course, must make some fairly daring assumptions about things to come. So the true impact of immigration is the proportion of immigrants and their descendants in the American population. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

By some accounts, net immigration was actually negative in some years in the s, during the Second Great Lull. Suppose I had proposed more immi- grants who look like me. I’ve also reviewed another of his books concerning Teacher’s Unions.

Thanks for telling us about the problem.

And part of the conversation I got into by writing my National Review cover story illustrated this law. Passel and Edmonston project that in the foreseeable future it will rise to the high levels last seen in the nineteenth cen- tury. Annual legal immigration of about 1 million — counting therefugees and theapplying for political asylum — is overwhelmed by an estimated 2 to 3 million illegal entries into the country in every recent year.

For comparison, immigration since contributed only about 2. Amnesty for many illegal immigrants. America took off, economically and in- deed morally, in the Colonial Era. In that scenario, American whites will be 57 percent of the population in As reported and projected by the Bureau of the Census, it can be seen on Chart 12 page I call it the Wedge Chart see page It intrinsically implies a link by blood.


I do not care whether a nation, in your sense, exists,” his reply will jar your complacency. Peter Brimelow born alieh October is a British-born American magazine editor, writer, columnist, and former journalist.

Brimelow touches upon all of the major impacts of uncontrolled immigration, including economic, social, cultural, and environmental. Although we might reasonably expect to see such balancing media coverage of immigration, don’t hold ppeter breath.

The danger of damnation is low — sort of. Now, there’s no end in sight.

Look at the surge of illegal entries in the early s. Alexandra MacMillan rated it really liked it Feb 05, Some readers of this book when it was still in manuscript have told me that my nztion of human nature is pessimistic.

Indeed, 74 percent of the legal immigrants came from just 15 of the sovereign coun- tries in the world, and not even the largest of them. Brimelos explicit recognition of refugees as a permanent, distinct immigrant stream. Enormous numbers of illegal aliens are crossing the U.

Earlier in Common Sense, Paine had made it clear that he was talk- ing about asylum for Europeans “we claim brotherhood with every European Christian”.

But I also think that Americans favoring immigration have their own moral problem. In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think.

You can be for or against gun control. Even when the American population was more homogeneous, Americans had difficulty understanding one another. His criticism, then, is that free immigration is a self-defeating position, to use Derek Parfit’s term in his Reasons and Persons.

It is a measure of the public health problem— infection can be spread by even brief contacts. And, of course, some 20 percent of the population were voiceless black slaves.