Earlier this month at a New Jersey school board meeting, a group of minority immigrant mothers demanded the school system close schools in observance of a religious holiday, Eid al-Adha. Their demands were not met.
With only six days, the school board said that 10,000 parents would have insufficient time to prepare for their children being out of school. While the school board allowed parents to take their children out of school for the religious holiday, the petitioners considered this insufficient accommodation. Film footage included a mother saying, “We’re no longer the minority; that’s clear from tonight; we’re going to be the majority soon,” presumably portending a city ruled by her religion’s holidays, if not more.
Unintended sociological changes wrought by the 1965 Immigration Reform Act manifest across America today with ever-increasing consequences. Since that fateful bill passed, more than 100 million legal immigrants jumped America’s population in the mid-60s from 194 million to 322 million today. Worse, demographers project 438 million within 35 years.
Immigrants arrive from 190 different countries with 190 diverse worldviews, cultures, religious preferences, customs and style of dress. Some bring diametrically opposed bias on government, women’s rights, free speech rights and religious rights versus U.S. beliefs.
In 1991, James Walsh, former associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service, said:
“Immigrants devoted to their own cultures and religions are not influenced by the secular politically correct façade that dominates academia, news-media, entertainment, education, religious and political thinking today. They claim the right not to assimilate, and the day is coming when the question will be how can the United States regulate the defiantly unassimilated cultures, religions and mores of foreign lands? Such immigrants say their traditions trump the U.S. legal system. Balkanization of the United States has begun.”
Millions of immigrants arrive from completely different cultures that cannot and do not grasp Western thought. For instance, in Denver, Colorado, one group of immigrants from Africa performed so many “genital mutilation” operations on their female children that Children’s Hospital in Denver faced treating countless vaginal infections from five-year-old girls. Former Colorado legislator Dorothy Rupert fought for three years to pass a bill banning FGM by instituting severe consequences. Instead of stopping the practice, it “submarined” out of sight.
In Arizona, immigrants from south of the border continued their custom of “cock fighting,” which is against U.S. law as to “cruelty to animals.” They also began private ranch parties for bull fighting.
One practice in Florida from recent immigrants stems from Santeria and includes animal sacrifice. Goats, chickens and sheep are killed to please the spirits, bring luck and purify and forgive a person’s sins. As well, from South Carolina and New York City to Texas and Arizona, there have been “honor killings.”
In the next 30 years, America faces another 100 million legal immigrants. The myriad sociological impacts may well prove destructive to what we consider “the American way of life.”