But it's hard not to accept the enemy's narrative, because we're constantly soaked in it. Katie Boundary recently set me straight, pointing out that I've been accepting the enemy's use of the word "immigrant," to mean something totally different than it traditionally has meant.
An "immigrant" is a person who moves to another country with the intention of becoming an organic part of it, learning the language and converting to an acceptable religion and learning and following all the rules and folkways as well as he can manage. We've all heard the stories of Italian immigrants carefully avoiding speaking Italian in the presence of their kids, so the kids will grow up 100% American. In that era, immigrants largely felt that they were here on trial, so to speak, and took every opportunity to blend in and become more American than the Americans. And it worked. Americans of Italian, German, Polish, etc. heritage are as American as the Brit-Americans who formed the original stock, and most of them wouldn't even know where their ancestors came from if it weren't for their surnames.
But as Katie says above, most of what we're getting now aren't immigrants, but colonists — People who come here to live but not to become American, any more than the Mayflower bunch came here to become Wampanoags. Disclaimer: some immigrants do come here to become Americans, okay? The point is that a higher and higher percentage come here as colonists. Mexicans continue to be Mexicans in every way, and many learn English not to "assimilate" but because not knowing it would be an inconvenience. This applies to Muslims even more, as their very religion implies a fundamental disagreement with American principles and folkways. If they want to live here and remain Muslim, they''re noting more than an extension or colony of Dar al-Islam into Dar al-Kharb. They have this sort of thing all figured out [link].
As near as I can tell, the only true immigrants we get these days, that fit the definition and are not colonists, are Europeans of Christian extraction. And that sounds like a good rule. Allow in the kind of people most likely to be immigrants instead of colonists.
Now, before you jump all over me, I have nothing at all against people who want to remain Muslim or Mexican or Duchy of Grand Fenwick-ian. I simply advise them to live in countries already set up to accommodate Muslims or Mexicans or whatever. And that doesn't include the United States.
The world is full of wonderful, diverse countries, you see. That's "diverse" meaning different from one another, not internally diverse. There's a country out there for practically everybody, and, conveniently, most people tend to be born in the right country in the first place.
Now, there are nations without states, defining nations as big tribes with a commonality of blood, religion, heritage, etc., but with some exceptions, most are small and might not make viable countries if they did have a state. One thinks of Gypsies AKA Romany AKA Rom first of all, as a nation that has a tradition of living in other nation's states, and probably wouldn't be a viable country anyway, given their history.
The United States alone contains several Indian nations that are not viable states, probably, and are most likely better off as sub-nations within ours. Even after shedding most of the Soviet possessions, Russia, much like the United States, contains many small nationalities, from the Caucasus to Eastern Siberia. Spain and France contain the Basque nation which might make a viable country, but probably not, And every now and then a country that everybody thought was a single nation busts up, like Slovakia and the Czech Republic And just look at India. You could break that up into at least 22 countries on the basis of language alone.
So let's remember the difference between immigrants and colonists. Thanks, Katie!
Quibcags: I give up on the first one. I can't remember for the life of me where I got the illustration, but I picked it because it looks like a gang of raucous conquistadores, and it looks like there's a female in the middle. Number two is illustrated by a girl from K-On! (けいおん! Keion!) , cosplaying as a politician. Extra credit for translating what's on her podium. For number three I reverted to girls from Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア), and used yet another version of the same for number four. These girl mascots are in their military uniforms, ready to invade somebody.