Who Needs Them?
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Native-born Americans find themselves looking over their shoulders, eying with suspicion those who look different or speak with a strange accent. However, there is also another side to this argument. All Americans are descended from people who were once immigrants. Even the ancient inhabitants of this land once crossed over from Asia, and in recent centuries, millions have come here from Europe, Africa, Latin America, and all parts of the world. We are a nation of immigrants and each of these immigrant groups has made its contributions, positive and negative, to the American scene. And it is on the nature of these contributions that most arguments hinge. Prominent among those opposed to free immigration is Pat Buchanan, the long-time politician, and former presidential candidate. While on the opposite side of the fence is Ben Wattenberg, an author, columnist, political advisor, and expert on demographics. The two men went head to head in the March 2002 issue of American Enterprise Online.