Last October, I analyzed how record immigration is creating a permanent Democrat majority. Today, my friend Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, published an insightful breakdown of immigration numbers from the most recent Census data, which further portends electoral doom for conservatives.
Immigration, like most other things in life, is good in moderation. That has always been our guiding principle, even during the most expansionist periods of our history — a point I plan to elaborate on further in my upcoming book. What is happening today however, the mass influx of immigrants predominantly from third world countries, is something we’ve never seen in our nation’s history.
As a way of quantifying the magnitude of this great wave of immigration, Camarota tallied the Census data of the immigrant population and their American-born children under the age of 18. Focusing just on the raw number of immigrants often overlooks the broader effect of mass migration, especially resulting from immigrants with high birth rates. He found that there are now 61 million immigrants living in America, including those minor children. Camarota’s best estimate is that 15.7 million of them are illegal immigrants and minor children born in the U.S. to at least one illegal immigrant parent.
This is unprecedented in our history. As late as 1970, just 13.5 million immigrants (including their minor children) were living here, representing just 6.6% of the population. Now immigrants and their children comprise 19% of our population.
Moreover, in some individual states, that number is much higher. Here are the states where the foreign born and their minor children comprise more than 20% of their respective population:
Think about it: there are 14 states where more than one in five individual residents is either an immigrant or a minor child of an immigrant. More than one in three Californians fit this description! As I noted in my October analysis, this volume of immigration, particularly from the third world, is so precipitous there is no way for many of these people to assimilate into our political values. This is why so many of these states have turned hopelessly blue. It’s also why so many former red states are becoming purple or even light blue.
In states like Nevada, North Carolina, and Georgia, immigrants and their minor children have grown by 3,000% since 1970! Virginia’s immigrant family population has grown by 1,150%. Is there any wonder it’s so hard to win these states?
Unfortunately for conservatives, the trajectory is set to explode. By 2065, immigrants and their children will comprise 36% of the entire U.S. population.
Here is what Thomas Jefferson warned in 1780 with regards to mass migration:
They will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw them off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty. These principles, with their language, they will transmit to their children. In proportion to their numbers, they will share with us the legislation. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp and bias its direction, and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent, distracted mass. [Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 9]
Declaring love and admiration for immigrants in an abstract sense is not public policy. Of course we welcome immigrants. We always have. But how many and over what period of time? The devil is in the details, and in this case the details are the devil our founders warned about 230 years ago.
The Democrats understand exactly what they are doing. This is why someone as unappealing and corrupt as Hillary Clinton can still remain competitive in a general election. Unfortunately, the other party is merely an exercise in self-immolation.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.