My ancestors came here from Lebanon in the early 20th Century. From the old Prussian Empire around 1874, and from Great Britain, probably prior to that.
I’m an American. And despite the myriad gripes I have with our system, I love my freedom. If you’re an American, I bet you love your freedom too. Of Speech. Of Association, Religion, Security, and on, and on.
As an American, and taking the above into consideration, it ought to be ovious why others, especially those from more repressive nations, from poorer countries, from countries in which they are political or religious outcasts love your freedom, too. It shouldn’t be a quantum leap to this conclusion: They want to share a piece of this freedom.
The Agitator has a nice, concise piece up today on the historical context of immigrants and public opinion.
Also, check out Arnold Kling at TCS, on Tribal Politics.
P.S. – Kling also wrote about why we need 250 states. It’s a great idea, but would require nothing short of a revolution, being that it is expressly prohibited without the consent of congress in Article IV, Section 3, and it is unlikely that politicians or government are willing to cede power.