Monday, November 07, 2005

Here's $25,000--now go away 11/06/05 - A Buyout Option For Europe's Muslims?

Well this is a weird solution: pay immigrants to go back to their native countries. Almost as good as my late libertarian friend Deane's proposal to create a moat all along the US-Mexican border with sloping tile sides and stock it with aligators.

Eventually we did come up with a solution. Anyone who wants to get into the US has to spend a year in an Assimilation Camp where they will get a crash immersion course in English and other American folkways. They will also agree to change their names and resettle in areas where jobs for which they qualify are available and no or few other members of their ethnic group live. At the end of the year they will be moved to whatever area the state deems most suitible and given every reasonable form of help in finding housing, getting jobs, and otherwise getting set up including financial assistance and child care. And, of course, make sure that they don't get hit by racism by enforcing equal opportunity and affirmative action policies.

How many immigrants would accept that deal? Try it--I'd bet virtually all.


pdf23ds said...

Umm, which immigrants? Just the poor, Mexican ones, right? Not the doctors from India?

H. E. said...

The doctors and engineers from India already know English. However I'm for doing whatever it takes to see to it that all immigrants, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, avoid forming ethnic enclaves and that they assimilate.

Enlightenment Reactionary said...

This is a very similar idea to one I've been meaning to blog about for some time. I particularly agree about preventing the formation of ethnic enclaves. My experience living in the Southwest has shown me that the bigger the enclave the slower the assimilation. If the enclave is big enough assimilation stops and begin to run the other way.

BTW. The Enlightenment Project was intended to be the original name of my blog. Guess it's a good thing I went another way.