Responses to Sunday's Citizen-Times article
about immigration in WNC included these comments and observations.
Tom Shuford brought attention to the “displacement of the non-Hispanic white majority” in the United States. “According to Pew Research Center, the U. S. population—around 200 million in 1970, now at 304 million—will be 438 million by around 2050 and the white population will be 47% of the total population. Non-Hispanic whites were 85% of the population as late as 1970.” He says no one is talking about this, and whether it is a good thing or not.
The historical turning point, Shuford notes, was “The 1965 Immigration Act [which] effectively ended significant immigration from Europe and replaced it with legal chain migration of extended families from Latin America and, secondarily, Asia.”
H. Reasoner criticizes the policies that have allowed families to accompany the workers that this country has needed. “I was sponsored for employment overseas,” he adds, “and I was not allowed to bring my family or mooch off the host government's programs.”
AshevilleNative was welcoming, writing, “Having roots here in Buncombe County back to the 1700s, I want to say this. Unless one is 100% Cherokee, everyone who lives here now came from someplace else. The North Carolina mountains have always been the home to immigrants.”