On immigration and the Virginia Tech atrocity
More explicitly than I did (and I was strongly criticized for it), Patrick Buchanan draws a causal link between Cho Seung-Hui’s immigrant background and his mass murder of 32 Americans. Buchanan also makes a connection between America’s loss of national, ethnic, and ethical identity resulting from the 1965 Immigration Act and the failure of the Virginia Tech community to see that Cho was a weird misfit and to do something about him: “Before 1970, we were a people, a community, a country. Students would have said aloud of Cho: ‘Who is this guy? What’s the matter with him?’ Teachers would have taken action to get him help—or get him out.”
Then, drawing on information from Vdare, Buchanan does something that I had in mind to do at the time I wrote about Cho but didn’t have the information at hand to do: he provides a catalogue of non-European immigrants to the U.S. who have murdered Americans.
Jacob M. writes:
Perhaps this is mere nitpickery, but in reading your comment on Pat Buchanan’s article connecting the VT massacre with immigration, I stopped to think about the phrase “mass murder of 32 Americans.” I wondered, is it likely that in today’s multicultural, diverse, “enriched” America, all of those 32 people were Americans? Of course not, especially on a college campus. So I found a list of the victims with biographical information and tried to count the non-Americans:Daniel Perez Cueva, 21, a student from Peru
Henry Lee, 20, “family fled to the United States from Vietnam, arriving in Roanoke in 1994”—I assume this means he was not born here, despite the Anglo name.LA replies:
On discriminately refering to all the victims as Americans you’re right. It’s the same with the 9/11 attack. People constantly refer to “3,000 Americans” who were killed, when of course a large number of the slain were immigrants or foreigners. It was the World Trade Center, after all.BE writes:
You can find a depressingly long list of Americans killed by illegal immigrants at this website. The list of crimes includes both murder and accidental killings (like vehicular manslaughter), and the list of victims includes police officers, paramedics, students, nurses, mothers, fathers, and even children.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 02, 2007 05:02 AM | Send