Immigration as Punishment

Immigration as Punishment, by Steve Sailer.

Should Harvard be required to accept the wretched refuse of its applicant pool even though they are likely to flunk out?

Should the Golden State Warriors be forced to draft the huddled masses of short and slow college basketball players who are likely to get torched in the NBA?

And should the United States government be mandated to let in immigrants likely to go on welfare?

Well, obviously, the answer to the first two questions is “No.” Americans care intensely about sports drafts and college recruiting, rightly sensing that who your team acquires is more important than how they are coached. So colleges and sports franchises work intensely to acquire the best talent.

Americans used to be more innocent about this. In the 1960s, a sportswriter asked UCLA basketball coach John Wooden why he’d gone all the way to New York to recruit 7′ 2″ Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) instead of just finding some local boys and coaching them to the national title. Wooden replied, “You can’t coach quickness.”

Kareem won three NCAA titles for Wooden and then six NBA titles.

This exchange sounds archaic today, but Wooden’s predecessor as the top college coach, University of Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp, imposed a rule on himself that he’d have only three out-of-state recruits per team. Those were different times…

PC immigration is now about selecting the worst people for your team. Virtue signaling at its most dangerous.

Increasingly, we are told, the worse the immigrants the better. Immigration policy isn’t supposed to benefit you, it’s supposed to hurt you. It should hurt so good. The madness of this masochistic logic is seen as proof of its holiness. …

In reality, of course, preferring immigrants who are less likely to need welfare has multigenerational benefits. To take a crude measure, look at third-generation immigrants by ethnicity. Jason Richwine … found that the average grandchild of European immigrants compared to the average grandchild of Mexican immigrants:

  • Is 119 percent more likely to have graduated from college;
  • Scored at the 61st percentile of the military’s AFQT cognitive test compared to the 41st percentile for the Mexican descendants;
  • Earns a 32 percent higher income.

These are not huge gaps, but even after about 75 years, the grandchildren of European immigrants pay more in taxes than the grandchildren of Mexican immigrants.

As John Wooden might say, you can’t coach quickness.

It’s all so obvious when you put it in sporting terms.