Category Archives: Cultural Studies

Pithy and perceptive comments on American culture and on others. Pop-Ethnography.

Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 11): Immigration and the Economy in General

Note: here is Part 10. Economists have pretty much reached a consensus that, on the whole, immigration into the US serves economic growth. The US Chamber of Commerce summarizes the research tersely: “Curbing immigration by 45%… and reducing the number … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 10): Immigration and demographics

Note: Here is Part 9. Immigrants have higher fertility than the native American population, and the latter does not reach its replacement rate of around 2.2. It may be as low as 1.80 now. (See “Fertility Rate,” in Max Roser, Our … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 6): The Legal Gateways into the US, with Figures

[Note: here is Part 5] Now that I may have your attention, let’s review together the several gates of legal immigration into the US and the numbers passing through those gates recently. I deal here with immigration properly defined, the … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 5): Standing in an Imaginary Line

[Note: Here is Part 4] Often, daily, I hear bitterness expressed in the media and, especially, in the social media about the estimated 10-plus million foreigners illegally in the US. The hostile remarks often come from the mouths of conservative … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 4): Why Control National Boundaries?

[In case you missed it, here is Part 3] As I write, currents of opinion are rather suddenly surfacing in the US that are both anti-state and, ultimately, anti-nation. They want the state’s capacity to control its borders with respect … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 3): National Boundaries

[In case you missed it, here is Part 2] National boundaries – the boundaries of nation-states – serve several purposes, most associated with some form of self-defense. Much of what is being defended is quite concrete, such as territory and natural … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 2): The Nation-State

[In case you missed it, here is Part 1] Nation-states, because of their dual nature, shape migrations in two conceptually related but subtly different ways. First, nation-states historically have borders that are comparatively impermeable to human flows. That’s the “state” … Continue reading

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