What does the Exodus story tell us about immigration?
A reader writes:
I wanted to ask you this. Does the Exodus story have any instruction for U.S./Western immigration policy in the 21st century? An entire people seeking a new location in the face of privation and lack of opportunity (to eat!) in their own land; the Egyptians allowing the Israelites in, and incorporating them for 400 years; accepting some immigrants as important people in the court (if not the society); putting most immigrants into forced labor (to do “jobs no Egyptians would take”); advisors warning the government to treat harshly with the immigrants lest they become numerous enough to revolt or side with enemies. How did all that work out for the dominant culture?LA replies:
Wow, you’re right. It ended in disaster for the dominant culture. And it all happened from admitting a single alien, as a slave. This alien happened to be extremely gifted and fortunate, and ended up in a position of great power, and so let in his fellow ethnics. a tiny group, no more than a hundred people, but they reproduced so rapidly they became a problem for the majority culture, and in trying to cope with this threat (whether real or imagined) the majority culture got itself caught in a situation where it was dependent on the minority group and couldn’t let them go. But that’s where the analogy breaks down: the conflict and final disaster develop over the fact that the minority group wants to leave, not to stay, and the majority group, dependent on their labor, won’t let them go.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 24, 2009 01:29 PM | Send