We’ve done this repeatedly over our own history. This current wave of immigration is not the first time that we have had a big wave of immigration, that causes turbulence, and then we come out the other side, and we’re all better off.
It happens that my ancestors came to this country in 1640, so we’ve been here forever.
And we were doing just fine, and then the Dutch arrived. Now, don’t get me started on the Dutch. It was really hard for us to get along with the Dutch, but then we eventually got along with the Dutch, and then we forgot they were Dutch.
And then they were just us.
And then the Germans arrived, and they were really difficult, and we had a lot of trouble assimilating the Germans. And then, after a while, we got adjusted to them. And we, sort of, didn’t even notice that the Germans were Germans.
And then we invented, at that point, a term called Anglo-Saxon to refer to the Dutch, and the Germans, and us.
And then we had a lot of trouble when the Irish arrived…