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29 December 2005

Canadian Thinking in Vegas

Following up on the doomed Canadian approach to ethnic troubles, an op-ed (via Drudge) in the Las Vegas Sun by UNLV history professor Hal Rothman lectures his fellow Nevadans on the inevitability of Hispanic dominance in Vegas. A sample:
Like any other, the Latino community has its own problems and ways to resolve them. Yet for a group that makes up one-quarter of the Las Vegas Valley and 35 percent of the school district, Latinos appear too often in the crime news and not enough in other ways in coverage of the civic life of greater Las Vegas. We hear too little of what sustains this community, of its businesses and churches, of its celebrations and laments.
Maybe that's because there's too much committing of crime and not enough contribution in other ways to the civic life of greater Las Vegas. Here's the money quote:
As the influence of this community grows, the lack of attention from the rest of us will create an even larger divide that will someday come back to haunt us. In the recent chaos in France and Australia, we have seen how societies that fail to integrate minority populations pay for that shortcoming.
Good lord. How about what we have seen is how societies that allow in people from third-world countries eventually pay for that stupidity? Isn't that a lot simpler lesson to learn than figuring out how to "integrate" them?

Granted, Nevada doesn't control immigration policy and can't prevent legal residents from settling there. But they could prevent illegal residents from enrolling in their schools and report all illegals to the INS ICE. They won't do that, of course, because the gaming business enjoys the extra profits illegals offer, and the government in Nevada is no doubt controlled by these interests. That's the flaw in the professor's "integration" plea - the whole point of having Latinos in Nevada is cheap labor - the casinos aren't looking to them for accountants and lawyers.
The United States remains the best example of a polyglot nation; simply put, we bring all kinds of people under the tent better than anybody on Earth.
That's because we've got a lot bigger tent than pretty much anyone else on earth, so the white people just keep on moving away to other places once they can no longer send their kids to the public schools. Once development in the Las Vegas area maxes out, the demographic changes the professor predicts may well happen quicker than he thinks.

7 Comments:

Anonymous perroazul del norte said...

INS is gone-it's now ICE.

December 29, 2005 10:25 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

so the more latino children in a school, the more white families will move away to avoid that... you are saying? i can't believe schools are allowed to admit illegal immigrants don't they need to offer up proof of citizenship or if their parents are legit?

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