February 19, 2016
(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)
Let’s try to assess US immigration policy vs. Vatican immigration policy.
Just a thought. Might turn up something. Who knows?
I notice the Vatican has a wall. A big high wall. It’s probably just a decorative feature, but I’ll take a wild guess and say it also tends to keep people out. Walls sometimes have that effect. I’m not sure why. It’s one of the enduring mysteries.
The Washington Times, 9/24/2015, “Pope’s call for immigration leniency unlikely to change debate”:
“The Vatican, for its part, welcomes millions of visitors a year — but allows only a very select few, who meet strict criteria, to be admitted as residents or citizens. Only about 450 of its 800 or so residents actually hold citizenship, according to a 2012 study by the Library of Congress.”
All right. So the Vatican (which is actually a nation) has, what, two or three immigrants?
James Robb, writing at thesocialcontract.com (“How Many Immigrants Does Vatican City Take?”), puts it bluntly:
“What it [Vatican City] does not have is any immigrants. Nor refugees. None.”
What about US immigration? Here’s an overall statement from migrationpolicy.org, “Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States”:
“In 2013, approximately 41.3 million immigrants lived in the United States, an all-time high for a nation historically built on immigration.
“The United States remains a popular destination attracting about 20 percent of the world’s international migrants, even as it represents less than 5 percent of the global population.
“Immigrants accounted for 13 percent of the total 316 million U.S. residents; adding the U.S.-born children (of all ages) of immigrants means that approximately 80 million people, or one-quarter of the overall U.S. population, is either of the first or second generation.”
Got that? Depending on how you want to look at it, the number is between 40 and 80 million immigrants.
So: Vatican immigration vs. US immigration? The math- comparison isn’t hard to make, even for people raised in the American school system.