How to fundamentally transform a country

Article CAIRCO note: 
Demographics is destiny
Article author: 
Daniel Horowitz
Article publisher: 
Conservative Review
Article date: 
18 September 2018
Article category: 
Our American Future
Article Body: 

... The topline number from the survey shows that we have record 44.5 million immigrants* in this country, composing 13.7 percent of the population – a greater share than at any time since 1910 and almost three times greater than the share of immigrants in 1970. 1910 was at the peak of the Great Wave, when we were a relatively young country, most of the immigration was from relatively similar backgrounds, there was no welfare state, there was a strong culture of assimilation, and most importantly, there was a subsequent shutoff.

Here are some other key nuggets from the survey:

  • Together with the 17.1 million U.S.-born minor children of immigrants, immigrant families make up 20 percent of the population.
  • A number of the countries with the sharpest increase in immigration since 2010 are Islamic countries and almost exclusively from the third world....
  • The two states with the largest increase in immigration since 2010 are Florida and Texas. They topped even the blue states of California, New York, and New Jersey. If you want to paint the electoral map blue, this is the surest way to do it.

Why this wave of immigration dwarfs the Great Wave

Aside from percentages, raw numbers do matter in our ability to assimilate. Over the 29-year period from 1989 to 2017, the U.S. has admitted 29.7 million immigrants. During a comparable 29-year period at the height of the Great Wave, from 1896 to 1924, only 17.9 million green cards were issued.

Also, because of shorter life expectancy and other factors, the Great Wave of immigration didn’t result in nearly as many naturalizations and a new voting population like this one has. This chart from the DHS is worth 1,000 words:


Persons Naturalized - Fiscal Years 1907 - 2017 - DHS


... Recent Census data released from the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) shows that immigration has grown to shocking, wholly unprecedented levels. Is it too much to ask that we engage in a mature policy discussion after five decades of record immigration with no end in sight?...




* While the article states that we have "we have record 44.5 million immigrants," that number is almost certainly based on the deliberately misleading U.S. government figure of 11 million illegal aliens in America. The number of illegal aliens in America is arguably much higher. See research at:
The Social Contract, Summer 2007