Essay: Does the United States need more immigration?

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The average woman in South Dakota has two to three kids, making it the state with the highest fertility rate in the nation.[1]

Question: Does the United States need more immigration? If the USA does need more immigration, what kind of immigrants does it need or not need?

The news article Why South Dakota Is Leading The Nation With Fertility Rate states:

Across the nation, women are having fewer kids.

South Dakota is one of just two states where there are enough babies being born to keep the population steady.

KELOLAND News looks into the reasons behind and the impacts of a possible baby bust.

Becca Haisch is preparing for her third child. Coming from a large family, the Alcester woman has always envisioned having several kids.

“We’re family-oriented people, so we want that for our family,” Haisch said.

The average woman in South Dakota has two to three kids, making it the state with the highest fertility rate in the nation.[2]

I wish the entire United States was as conservative as South Dakota and have a replacement level of births, but like they say, "If wishes were fishes, we would all have a fry".

The article The census shows the US needs to increase immigration — by a lot makes some good points - especially since the USA has an aging population and had a fertility rate of 1.70 births per woman in 2019 (a replacement level of births is 2.1 births per woman).

6 points about immigration to the United States

1. Many countries are more selective than the U.S. when it comes to immigration in terms of their skills, assets and willingness to make investments or start new companies in their new country (Canada, Bermuda, etc.). In an age of increasing automation and artificial intelligence which is eliminating low-skill jobs, this makes perfect sense. It is not the 1800s in the USA where America has a big demand for canal diggers and railroad construction workers. In short, immigration should benefit Americans. It should not be a means for the upper class to keep down wages for low-skill work or for a political party to create more people who are dependent on big government. Many European countries have immigrant populations which have significantly higher unemployment which is tried to their poor immigration/assimilation public policies and/or native populations that have anti-immigration sentiments for various reasons (High youth unemployment, anti-Muslim immigration sentiments, xenophobia, etc.).

Also, America needs to strengthen its southern border and via a wall and tougher laws against illegal immigration to slow the amount of illegal migrants and drugs/crime flowing into the USA.

The atheist and Harvard University historian Niall Ferguson declared: "Through a mixture of hard work and thrift the Protestant societies of the North and West Atlantic achieved the most rapid economic growth in history."[3] See: Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Christendom has produced excellent societies in the world - especially Protestant countries (see: Protestant cultural legacies). Christianity is the most geographically diverse religion in the world (see: Global Christianity) and because there are many countries with a minority Christian population, there is much Christian persecution in the world. Because the United States has a strong legacy of the excellent religion of Christianity, Christians experiencing persecution certainly should be encouraged to come to the United States to advance a sensible immigration policy. Historically, Christians have been able to assimilate into American society. Currently, there are many Bible-believing Christians moving to secular regions (See: Growth of evangelical Christianity in irreligious regions and Religion and migration).

Pew Research reported in 2015 that the average Christian woman in the world has 2.7 children.[4]

On December 23, 2012, Professor Eric Kaufmann who teaches at Birbeck College, University of London wrote about desecularization:

I argue that 97% of the world's population growth is taking place in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious.

On the other hand, the secular West and East Asia has very low fertility and a rapidly aging population. The demographic disparity between the religious, growing global South and the aging, secular global North will peak around 2050. In the coming decades, the developed world's demand for workers to pay its pensions and work in its service sector will soar alongside the booming supply of young people in the third world. Ergo, we can expect significant immigration to the secular West which will import religious revival on the back of ethnic change. In addition, those with religious beliefs tend to have higher birth rates than the secular population, with fundamentalists having far larger families. The epicentre of these trends will be in immigration gateway cities like New York (a third white), Amsterdam (half Dutch), Los Angeles (28% white), and London, 45% white British. [5]

In 2011, a paper was published entitled The End of Secularization in Europe?: A Socio-Demographic Perspective. The authors of the paper were: Eric Kaufmann - Birkbeck College, University of London; Anne Goujon - World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Vegard Skirbekk World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).[6]

In 2014, the Pew Research Forum indicated that Europe will go from 11% of the world's population to 7% of the world's population by 2050.[7]

An excerpt from the paper by Kaufmann, Goujon and Skirbekk:

Conservative Protestants, a much larger group than the Mormons, also benefit from relatively high fertility. Hout et al. (2001) find that three-quarters of the growth of conservative Protestant denominations against their liberal counterparts is due to fertility advantage rather than conversion.

In Europe, there has been less attention paid to fertility differences between denominations. However, several studies have discovered that immigrants to Europe tend to be more religious than the host population and — especially if Muslim—tend to retain their religiosity (Van Tubergen 2006). Though some indicators point to modest religious decline toward the host society mean, other trends suggest that immigrants become more, rather than less, religious the longer they reside in the host society (Van Tubergen 2007). All of which indicates that religious decline may fail at the aggregate level even if it is occurring at the individual level (Kaufmann 2006, 2010). This article thereby investigates the hypothesis that a combination of higher religious fertility, immigration, and slowing rates of religious apostasy will eventually produce a reversal in the decline of the religious population of Western Europe.[8]

Concerning the future of evangelical Protestantism in Europe, in a paper entitled Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, Kaufmann wrote:

What of European Christianity? The conventional wisdom holds it to be in free fall, especially in Western Europe. (Bruce 2002) This is undoubtedly correct for Catholic Europe, while Protestant Europe already has low levels of religious practice. Yet closer scrutiny reveals an increasingly lively and demographically growing Christian remnant. Several studies have examined the connection between religiosity - whether defined as attendance, belief or affiliation - and fertility in Europe. Most find a statistically significant effect even when controlling for age, education, income, marital status and other factors...

Moving to the wider spectrum of European Christianity, we find that fertility is indeed much higher among European women who are religious...

Today, most of those who remain religious in Europe wear their beliefs lightly, but conservative Christianity is hardly a spent force. Data on conservative Christians is difficult to come by since many new churches keep few official records. Reports from the World Christian Database, which meticulously tracks reports from church bodies, indicates that 4.1 percent of Europeans (including Russians) were evangelical Christians in 2005. This figure rises to 4.9 percent in northern, western and southern Europe. Most religious conservatives are charismatics, working within mainstream denominations like Catholicism or Lutheranism to ‘renew’ the faith along more conservative lines. There is also an important minority of Pentecostals, who account for .5% of Europe’s population. Together, charismatics and Pentecostals account for close to 5 % of Europe’s population. The proportion of conservative Christians has been rising, however: some estimate that the trajectory of conservative Christian growth has outpaced that of Islam in Europe. (Jenkins 2007: 75).

In many European countries, the proportion of conservative Christians is close to the number who are recorded as attending church weekly. This would suggest an increasingly devout Christian remnant is emerging in western Europe which is more resistant to secularization. This shows up in France, Britain and Scandinavia (less Finland), the most secular countries where we have 1981, 1990 and 2000 EVS and 2004 ESS data on religiosity...

Currently, there are more evangelical Christians than Muslims in Europe. (Jenkins 2007: 75) In Eastern Europe, as outside the western world, Pentecostalism is a sociological and not a demographic phenomenon. In Western Europe, by contrast, demography is central to evangelicalism’s growth, especially in urban areas. Alas, immigration brings two foreign imports, Islam and Christianity, to secular Europe.[9]

In the last 50 years, there has been an increase in Islamic terrorism against the Western World.

The view of the burning towers of the World Trade Center from Staten Island, New York City, September 11, 2001. See: September 11, 2001 attacks

The Christian Post reported on July 21, 2019, as far as Britain: "The percentage of respondents who said they were nondenominational Christians increased from 3% of the population in 1998 to 13% in 2018."[10]

In December 2017, the Church Times reported:

In 2016, the Centre for Theology and Community (CTC) published new research on Evangelical church-planting in east London, Love, Sweat and Tears (News, 8 April 2016, Features, 21 April). This confirmed the widely recognised image of Evangelicals as people who like to plant churches, but it also revealed that the way they work is not at all how people often imagine.

All of these Evangelical churches were planted in deprived areas, not suburbs; most of their members were local; one parish was cross-tradition; every parish was reaching people who do not attend church; and all of them were involved in social-action projects that served their local communities.[11]

Due to religious immigrants, many of whom are evangelical Christians, church attendance in Greater London grew by 16% between 2005 and 2012.[12] In 2013, it was reported that 52% of people who attended church in London attended evangelical churches.[13]

Muslim immigration has not worked out for many countries. France has been experiencing a lot of problems related to Muslim immigrants (riots, Islamic terrorism, etc.). Germany had a large influx of Muslim immigrants. Germany's Angela Merkel, who encouraged Muslim immigration to Germany, has said that multiculturism has "utterly failed".[14]

In his book The Irrational Atheist, Vox Day wrote:

It’s also interesting to note that more than half of these religious wars, sixty-six in all, were waged by Islamic nations, which is rather more than might be statistically expected considering that the first war in which Islam was involved took place almost three millennia after the first war chronicled in the Encyclopedia, Akkad’s conquest of Sumer in 2325 B . C .

In light of this evidence, the fact that a specific religion is currently sparking a great deal of conflict around the globe cannot reasonably be used to indict all religious faith, especially when one considers that removing that single religion from the equation means that all of the other religious faiths combined only account for 3.35 percent of humanity’s wars.[15]

Eric Kaufmann says about a graph showing the correlation between the projected growth of the Muslim population and the rise of right-wing nationalism in European countries:

Figure 1 shows an important relationship between projected Muslim population share in 2030 and support for the populist right across 16 countries in Western Europe. Having worked with IIASA World Population Program researchers who generated cohort-component projections of Europe’s Muslim population for Pew in 2011, I am confident their projections are the most accurate and rigorous available. I put this together with election and polling data for the main West European populist right parties using the highest vote share or polling result I could find. Note the striking 78 percent correlation (R2 of .61) between projected Muslim share in 2030, a measure of both the level and rate of change of the Muslim population, and the best national result each country’s populist right has attained."[16]

While the majority of right-wing populists are presently peaceful, unfortunately there has been an increase in right-wing extremist violence in response to Islamic terrorism and friction between Muslim immigrants and native Europeans.[17]

Reuters reported in 2018 concerning President Donald Trump's travel ban against countries with a history of Islamic terrorism:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and rejecting the argument that it represented unconstitutional religious discrimination.

The 5-4 ruling, with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberal justices dissenting, ended a fierce fight in the courts over whether the policy amounted to an unlawful Muslim ban, while confirming broad presidential powers over immigration and national security policy.

Trump quickly claimed “profound vindication” after lower courts had blocked his travel ban announced in September, as well as two prior versions, in legal challenges brought by the state of Hawaii and others.

Trump has said the travel ban is needed to protect the United States against attacks by Islamist militants...

The ban prohibits entry into the United States of most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.[18]

If the United States can constitutionally ban travelers from countries with a history of Islamic terrorism, the government can certainly bar Muslim immigrants from emmigrating to the United States. Unless of course, it wants to be like France which has had many Islamic terrorists attacks.

2. While it is true that pro-natal policies have historically not raised fertility rates enough to cause a replacement level of births, America should continue to restrict abortion and outlaw it nationally as soon as possible. Abortion is murder and natural-born citizens do not require assimilation.

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Late in Charles Darwin's life, Darwin told the Duke of Argyll that he frequently had overwhelming thoughts that the natural world was the result of design.[19] See also: 15 questions for evolutionists

As part of a pro-natal policy, the errant and irrational ideology of evolutionism shouldn't be taught in schools as it is one of the causes of atheism/agnosticism[20] (see: Causes of atheism) and the irreligious/nonreligious have a sub-replacement level of births (see: Atheism and fertility rates).

Families with a mother/father and children are the building blocks of a functional society. Fatherless homes help create a lot of social pathologies (Fatherless boys are more likely to be rapists/murders/criminals).[21][22] Evolutionism is not beneficial to a society having functional families.

In July 2000, Creation Ministries International reported:

For years, many people have scoffed at any suggestion that the evils in society could be linked with the teaching of the theory of evolution. But new research has confirmed what Bible-believers have known all along—that the rising acceptance of Darwin’s theory is related to declining morality in the community.

The research survey of 1535 people, conducted by the Australian National University, revealed that belief in evolution is associated with moral permissiveness. Darwin himself apparently feared that belief in evolution by the common man would lead to social decay. The survey showed that people who believed in evolution were more likely to be in favour of premarital sex than those who rejected Darwin’s theory. Another issue which highlighted the contrast between the effect of evolutionary ideas and that of biblical principles was that Darwinians were reported to be ‘especially tolerant’ of abortion.

In identifying the primary factors determining these differences in community attitudes, the author of the research report, Dr Jonathan Kelley, said: ‘The single most important influence after church attendance is the theory of evolution.’[23]

3. An American immigration policy should have a strong assimilation policy where immigrants learn English and American history/values. And when learning positive American values, dysfunctional "woke" values need not be taught.

Germany insist that immigrants learn German, while France is more lenient. Germany more successfully assimilates immigrants than France. Every immigrant to the United States needs to learn English.

When in Rome do as the Romans do. Many immigrants believe that they should adapt themselves to the culture they are immigrating to. For example, they don't insist on special laws be created for them (Muslims demanding sharia law.).

The German news organization DW reported: "83 percent of Germans with a migrant background thought that people coming to Germany should "adapt their behavior to German culture" compared to 76 percent each for resident aliens and Germans without a migrant background. There was also little difference between groups on the question of whether everyone living in Germany should learn the German language - 96 percent in total found that desirable."[24]

Why should Americans make a huge effort to change their society to fit immigrants when the immigrants are wanting to come to the USA because it is often a better society than their own?

4. While I do believe that societies should help people who are unable to work, at the same time, workfare is better than welfare as it does not create lazy people who are a burden to society. If a society is going to have immigration, it should have workfare and not welfare. Otherwise, the country will be a magnet to lazy people.

5. American history have peaks and valleys when it comes immigration. Having valleys in immigration can be a useful means of improving current immigration as far assimilation.

6. One of the benefits of immigration is that women from traditional societies are less likely to be feminists.

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References

  1. Why South Dakota Is Leading The Nation With Fertility Rate
  2. Why South Dakota Is Leading The Nation With Fertility Rate
  3. The Protestant Work Ethic: Alive & Well…In China By Hugh Whelchel on September 24, 2012
  4. The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050, Pew Research, 2015
  5. 97% of the world's population growth is taking place in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  6. Religious immigrants will alter the religious landscape of Europe
  7. 10 projections for the global population in 2050 By Rakesh Kochhar, Pew Research Forum, February 3, 2014
  8. Religious immigrants will alter the religious landscape of Europe
  9. Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Eric Kaufmann
  10. Only 38% of Brits identify as Christian; lowest proportion in poll's history, Christian Post, 2019
  11. Church growth is not just for Evangelicals
  12. London Churchgoing and Other News
  13. London Churchgoing and Other News
  14. Angela Merkel: German multiculturalism has 'utterly failed', The Guardian, 2010
  15. The Irrational Atheist - Abbreviated free copy on PDF
  16. Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support – and what to do about it, Eric Kaufmann
  17. In western Europe, right wing terrorism is on the rise, Open Democracy website
  18. [U.S. top court upholds Trump travel ban targeting Muslim-majority nations], Reuters, 2018
  19. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/teleological-arguments/notes.html
  20. Survey of college atheists - The beliefs of many atheists are based on unscientific presuppositions
  21. The Problem — A Fatherlessness Crisis
  22. Fatherlessness and rapists linked?, Jamaica Gleaner
  23. Morals decline linked to evolution
  24. Immigrants lead the way in demanding assimilation, study finds, DW