It is with a heavy heart that both Left and Right don’t truly have a deep-seated pride in their nation anymore. Both believe that the US is heading in the wrong direction for completely different reasons. It is right and natural that a citizen should be extremely proud of their country and want to feel they are part of a team working together for a generally agreed upon goal. We desperately want to have a swelling pride within our breast when we listen to the refrains from America The
Beautiful but so many feel the country they want to love is becoming something they distrust and even revile. It will be better when both elements can have their own sovereignty and they each can have that desired and admirable pride in their new and separate US. One of the many contentious issues that divide the Left and Right is the question of immigration and very different views on the path forward to admission of new immigrants.
The Left going back to the 1960’s have had a deliberate and steady policy of loose immigration policy heavily favoring certain segments of the world at the expense of European immigration. Until then our policy and simple historical, economic and cultural matters propelled the overwhelming majority of the immigrants to the US to be of European origin. The Left had a harder time recruiting them to their cause when they came here. They knew as any rational man would that if they allowed more immigrants of perceived minorities and from Socialist or Socialist leaning nations that those new immigrants would much more likely become new members of the Left or Democratic Party. They overhauled the immigration laws to drastically reduce European peoples and favored heavily immigrants from South American, the Philippines, certain other Oriental countries, Africa and the Caribbean and the Near and Middle East. They were right. Those new immigrants did move to the Left as they became citizens and they continue to do so to this day. The left wanted and got a very lax enforcement policy regarding border security because they would allow even more immigrants to migrate to the US and eventually receive citizenship. After the Constitutional Convention and the reorganization of the US into two equal and sovereign entities each will be able to pursue their own vision of new immigration policy.
In the new Coastal America it would be the knee-jerk reaction that the immigration policy would be quite liberal and allow generously new immigrants and citizens. Many would suspect that they would continue the current policy of favoring Third World countries or emerging markets. Now many of them advocate granting citizenship wholesale even to those who violated US law in coming to the US. It could well be true that the Left would adopt such a policy but on reflection it might be a bit different from that. The unions form a strong and influential portion of the Left and advance the Liberal agenda. It is an important cog in that political movement and would certainly continue to be after the grand division. The unions are very leery to allow too many new immigrants entry because it would have a negative effect on wages of their members and their job security both of which are dominant issues in their movement. Of course there is also the fact that after the division the Left will have “won”. They can take their Socialist or psuedo-socialist agenda as far as they want without interference from the Right. They can design their society through social engineering and tax policy as they wish. They won’t be needing new voters to swell their ranks anymore. They will have their majority for generations.
The Left likes to look to the European model for a goodly portion of its agenda and direction because it is progressive and Socialist to a greater or less degree. A dispassionate view of Europe today would reveal that they have restrictive immigration policies; they do not have open borders and immigrants face steep hurdles to becoming full citizens with the right to vote. Coastal America will have no need for new progressive voters. The significant majority of Coastal America will already be of one political vision and direction. There are many on the Left that believe that population growth is a problem or outright evil because it leads to environmental damage and human suffering. They will have their choices to make.
Middle America will revise its immigration policy most likely in a more restrictive manner. It is most likely that the driving thrust of that policy will be to admit new immigrants based on merit or economic need of Middle America. The policy will not be driven by ethnicity or perceived Third World status. The result will be that more Europeans will likely be admitted along with substantial Oriental influx. There would be an efficient and flexible guest worker program as they have today in Germany and other European nations. These special visas would be granted liberally to those who bring “value” to Middle America. The guest workers would be mostly from South America and Mexico. That is simply a recognition of social and geographic reality. Those immigrating with citizenship in mind will be mostly from Europe. Not because of race but because of education and special abilities and capital to invest in American enterprises.
It is likely in a generation or so Coastal America would grow in population much more rapidly than Middle America but that trend might not last as Coastal America comes to grips with its identity and internal disputes with the entrenched interests of the unions and their power base. They will have met all their diversity goals and economics will prevail at some point. Middle America will grow but in a more even manner and become more homogeneous, not ethnically, but in cultural outlook and appreciation.
The great advantage of the separate nations is that each can pursue it own dream for its society through immigration policy. They can amend and emend as they wish without the discord of dealing with the other side. The current disputes and disharmony we face over immigration policy would be gone. Both Americas would be happy with its p0licy. The best policy is what makes most of the citizens of each America content as opposed to the distrust and conflict we face as one polarized nation today on the issue. Let each follow their own drummer.