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August 22, 2006

Pat Buchanan says illegal immigration from poor and developing countries will overwhelm the United States and other Western countries in the next 50 years unless something is done.

In his new book "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America," the former presidential candidate and White House speechwriter examines immigration-related social problems and documents high levels of support among Hispanics for the so-called "Reconquista" of the U.S. Southwest.

Buchanan's plan includes deporting illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds, a 10-year limit on legal immigration set between 150,000 and 200,000 persons per year, and a $10 billion, 2,000-mile security fence along the border of the United States and Mexico.

  • With an estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the United States, which now has about 34 million foreign-born residents, polls indicate most Americans share Buchanan's concerns.
  • A 2003 survey found that 58 percent would prefer total annual immigration be reduced to below 300,000, a two-thirds reduction from current levels of 1 million per year.
  • Since 2000, more than 400,000 illegal aliens a year have entered the United States, the Department of Homeland Security recently estimated; most of the illegals came from Mexico.

Buchanan says high levels of immigration threaten the future of American culture.

"As Rome passed away, so the West is passing away, from the same causes and in much the same way," Buchanan writes.  "What the Danube and Rhine were to Rome, the Rio Grande and Mediterranean are to America and Europe, the frontiers of a civilization no longer defended."

Source: Eric Pfeiffer, "Buchanan warns of flood of illegals," Washington Times, August 22, 2006.


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