People who support racist policies always have to declare that they are not racist. I’ve found this to be an interesting characteristic. It would seem to be a product of the deep institutional racism that defines American culture. It makes no sense but social pathologies are not rational.
Yes another aspect of this is the claim that immigration is not needed. Open borders and strong support for diversity are the best indicators of a healthy society and strong economy. The accelerating collapse of the US economy over the last forty years is a full illustration of this.
As I have written in other articles, the domination of technology, specifically information technology generating income for the last thirty years is the result of immigration and internationalization. That this income has been nearly completely stolen by a tiny oligarchic elite has produced the disaster that is now threatening our planet.
The real point is that the success of this late stage predatory capitalist economy is totally dependent on immigrant engineers and managers. We are already losing people as they want nothing to do with what is happening. That is a major problem as we are moving to a net loss of population. We need those people because our public educational systems have been destroyed over the last forty years. Most of our engineers are now immigrants or foreign workers.
So immigrants have been and are critical to any continued growth at the top as well as at the bottom. The greatest range of jobs remaining are all service industry jobs. The aging white population is unable and unwilling to work. The insanity of the Trump regime is destroying farming and small traditional businesses as the only immigrants now are refugees from Central America and they are being brutalized in prison camps. And refugees are protected under international law.
But the brutal reality is that most of the racist population in this country will themselves be refugees if they live another thirty years. There will be no borders as millions struggle to survive storms, sea level rise, drought, and heat. Much of the American plains will be uninhabitable in fifty years.
Let’s hope the Canadians stay civilized and allow people to find a place to live.