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February 05, 2003

Stanley Crouch: At least for now - Just say no to Muslim immigration

This will get the attention of CAIR, for sure.
WE ARE NOW hearing of how bad things are in East Africa for those who are fleeing war-torn areas and waiting in refugee camps to immigrate to the United States. Some are eating only once a day; a woman was raped and shot to death; many who were cleared for immigration before Sept. 11 are stuck in terrible conditions, all because of the way our intensified security has backed things up.

I felt empathy for those mostly Muslim people, but I also am opposed to anyone from any Islamic country coming into America for at least another decade. Everything I have seen gives me the impression that America is hated by the majority of those in such countries and that -- as a Frontline documentary recently showed -- there are even young women who look forward to their children becoming terrorists.

Consequently, I feel none of the oppressive sentimentality that those of Irish, Italian, Jewish, Eastern European, Latin and Caribbean backgrounds have when the subject of immigration is raised.

First, immigration hasn't done much for black Americans, who, more often than not, have been pushed aside so immigrants could get jobs that those who logged the most time in this nation should have gotten.

More than 100 years ago, when America was becoming a nation of immigrants, that meant many skilled blacks were kicked to the curb so some foreigners could get on the gravy train, however much hard work that train demanded. So I feel no great love for the idea of immigration as some high-minded aspect of American history.

Was American culture enriched, even so? Yes, in both bright and dark ways from the mountaintops of public policy, the arts, entertainment, technology and education down to the organizing of crime along the corporate model.

But we are now faced with something very different...[more]/a>