They say that population declines in the Midwest can be fixed by pouring in more immigrants, and they have the resources to promote studies backing their argument.
But, isn’t this the same flawed thinking that has Europe in decline? Didn’t France buy this argument a couple of decades ago and now is facing the whirlwind after having brought in the African immigrants to supposedly do the work, but who are instead destroying the French culture and society (not to mention pulling down the economy and bringing crime)?
From the Grand Island Independent:
[By the way, it makes me sad to see this about Grand Island, I once went there to see the Sandhill Crane migration—a typical American Midwest town in the ’70’s—ed]
Grand Island fits into a trend of Midwestern communities making efforts to ease the transition of immigrants and seeing population growth as a result.
Those conclusions can be seen in two reports issued by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. One report, issued in September in a joint project with the American Immigration Council, is called “Reimagining the Midwest: Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership.”
While “new Hispanic resident” does not necessarily mean “new immigrant,” most of the county’s growth in Hispanic residents has come from immigrants. Hall County and Grand Island also have added significant numbers of Sudanese, Somali and Asian refugees and immigrants during recent decades.
Reports like this one—Growing the Heartland—will be used as propaganda to convince American towns and cities that it is inevitable (and necessary!) that third-worlders will be moving in. It is really all about global corporations, like meatpackers, needing cheap and abundant labor, and Leftists needing Democrat voters!
The “Growing the Heartland” report says the Davenport, Iowa-Illinois metropolitan area and the metropolitan areas of Duluth, Minn.; South Bend, Ind.; and Terre Haute, Ind., all owed 100 percent of their population gain to immigrants.
The Tri-State Chicago metropolitan area, as well as Akron, Ohio; Lansing, Mich.; St. Joseph, Mo.; and Sheboygan, Wis., all had population gains that were mostly attributable to immigration. Sheboygan led that list at more than 82 percent, while the remaining four areas owed about 54 percent of their population gains to immigration.
The report lists another 42 metropolitan areas with population growth partially attributable to immigration. They include Omaha, which owes 26 percent of its population growth to immigration, and Lincoln, which owes just more than 19 percent to immigration.
The report asserts population growth is a prerequisite for economic vitality: “Population decline threatens economic competitiveness, decreases the number of taxpayers and reduces political representation and influence at the federal level.” [LOL! but what sort of political influence will the new immigrants have on the federal level? Democrats all?—ed]
The transition hasn’t gone smoothly in Grand Island!
I didn’t realize we had so many posts on Grand Island, Nebraska going back several years, check out the archive here. See especially this post from 2010 where the police chief in the city says it is “chaotic anarchy” in GI with all the ethnic groups coming in.