Posted on February 28, 2017

A Nation of Immigrants — Only if They Assimilate

Dennis Prager, WND, February 27, 2017

I am writing this column in Japan, a country whose crime rate is the lowest among countries with large populations. I asked my Japanese translator, a middle-aged woman, what she thought.

“Why is there is so little crime in Japan?” I asked.

Without taking a moment to reflect, she responded, “Because we don’t allow immigration.”


Likewise in the United States, there is direct correlation between ethnic homogeneity and low levels of violence. According to 2016-2017 data, the four states with the lowest percentages of violence are:

  1. Vermont – where 95 percent of the population is one race (white).
  2. Maine – where 95 percent of the population is one race (white).
  3. Wyoming – where roughly 93 percent of the population is one race (white).
  4. New Hampshire – where roughly 94 percent of the population is one race (white).


All this leads to a particular rule, which is, in order to maintain a low crime rate and social stability, a country has only two choices: Do not allow immigrants into the country, or allow immigrants into the country, but be certain to assimilate them into the native population as quickly as possible.


But since the 1960s, the left has supplanted e pluribus unum and its national American identity with the antithetical doctrines of diversity and multiculturalism.

Diversity and multiculturalism celebrate the national/ethnic identities of the nations from where American immigrants came instead of celebrating the American identity and traditional American values.

The result is the beginning of the end of the United States as we have known it since its inception.


Contrary to one of the left’s more mendacious claims, diversity has not been America’s great strength. America’s great strength has been forging an American identity out of diversity.

But the left, with its identity politics and commitment to multiculturalism – as expressed, for example, by ballots in dozens of languages, the proliferation of ethnic studies departments at universities and the allowance of all-black dorms and graduation ceremonies – is undoing that.

If you want to understand the immigration crisis, just know that because the left has undone the second choice, it has made the first choice – Japan’s choice – look tenable to many for the first time in American history.