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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

# Posted 6:34 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES...OH, F*** IT: From the WaPo:
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy told Parliament on Tuesday that France did not want "those people that nobody else in the world wants." He added, "We want selective immigration."
American immigration laws are far from perfect, but I won't hesitate to say that what continues to make our nation great is precisely the fact that we have welcomed so many millions of the unwanted and given them the right to become full-fledged Americans.
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Hi,
American immigration policy is also selective. It is nice to believe otherwise, however it is simply not true that American immigration policy is any different. I am a foreigner myself, and I am aware of such distinctions. There is a reason for the large number of illegal immigrants in the country.

Having said this, I am pretty sure that French society is considerably more screwed up in dealing with foreigners.
 
The American immigration policy is pretty different compared to other countries. You would get deported from most of the western european countries easier than from the US. The US immigation policy is selective with the legal immigrants, and it's rather random than logical. Unfortunately the authorities don't care about the illegal aliens in this country and I'm sure that some day, when it's going to be too late, we'll hear a silly excuse, like we often do in this country.
A foreigner
 
Very much agreed, David. The determination it takes to emigrate to another country creates a pool of high-quality citizens. Indeed, I would argue that America's immigration background is our strongest card.

Canada steals the show currently, as this article from last week's Economist points out. The polling data is quite interesting - the French, for example, are more pro-immigrant than the Brits (admittely the survey is from 2002) according to the study. Interesting to think about in light of the recent events in France.
 
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