[Ed. – The byline reads ‘Bret Stephens’ — the writer who recently migrated over to the Times from the Wall Street Journal — much to the chagrin of liberals everywhere, who thought the paper of record was selling out. But the title and content, beginning with Paragraph 3, could have been penned by virtually any other Times op-ed columnist. What has Arthur Sulzberger done with the real Bret Stephens, and what it will take to ensure his safe release?]
In the matter of immigration, mark this conservative columnist down as strongly pro-deportation. The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system.
They need to return whence they came.
I speak of Americans whose families have been in this country for a few generations. Complacent, entitled and often shockingly ignorant on basic points of American law and history, they are the stagnant pool in which our national prospects risk drowning.
On point after point, America’s nonimmigrants are failing our country. Crime? A study by the Cato Institute notes that nonimmigrants are incarcerated at nearly twice the rate of illegal immigrants, and at more than three times the rate of legal ones.
Educational achievement? Just 17 percent of the finalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search — often called the “Junior Nobel Prize” — were the children of United States-born parents. At the Rochester Institute of Technology, just 9.5 percent of graduate students in electrical engineering were nonimmigrants.