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High level of immigration threatens US culture, says writer

Former presidential candidate and conservative writer Pat Buchanan says that illegal immigration is threatening American culture.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 17:23 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

As a debate goes on between Republicans and Democrats on immigration policy, a noted conservative writer has suggested a number of ways to come to terms with the problem of illegal immigration, which he says is threatening American culture.

Patrick Buchanan, a former presidential candidate, has argued that illegal immigration from the poor and developing nations will simply overwhelm the West, including the US.

He has mooted a number of ideas to solve the problem, including deportation of illegals with criminal background, a legal limit on immigration between 150,000 and 200,000 a year over a ten-year period and a 2000-mile security fence along the US-Mexican border.

Buchanan has set his views in his new book "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America" which is already making major headway in the market.

Estimates vary on the number of illegals in America -- from a low of about 10.5 million to a high of 20 million with most of them of Hispanic origin.

But the issue of illegal immigration has generated a lot rhetoric especially in a Congressional election year with critics charging the Senate of coming up with a measure that grants "amnesty" to illegals including a path to citizenship.

Buchanan has argued that high levels of immigration threaten American culture. "As Rome passed away, so the West is passing away, from the same causes and in much the same way. 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," he has written.

First Published: Aug 24, 2006 17:23 IST