The Corner

A Turk Writes

An interesting angle on immigration matters from a reader in Turkey:

“Hi John—Concerning your words: ‘…there is nobody, nobody, in the U.S. who watches the consequences of U.S. immigration law as keenly as would-be immigrants in foreign lands…’

“Quite right. Indeed so do I. And as you can see, I haven’t even attempted to immigrate, though I have dreamed all my life to become an American one day. In fact, I don’t believe I ever will, either. I’m at the start of my 4th decade on this miserable planet, and unless I raise something like $ 2 million, I don’t think I will ever be able to do it the legal way honorably ( i.e. things like fake marriages, even the H1-B visa are also out of question for this colonel’s son – the son/nephew/grandson/etc. of countless soldiers who’d each shoot themselves rather than violate some code of honor, like the laws of a sovereign nation.)

“I’ve just decided not to read anything about immigration anymore. Why bother – those who should have in good time have shirked their duty to deal with that material, and we know the results. Why should I do it, since I’m nobody and nothing, and I sure ain’t immigratin’?

“You’ve just made my day, John. Perhaps I should just find a small town on the Aegean sea where the population is 57, grab a little village house there, and resign from the world.”

[My reply]  Before doing so, I strongly recommend you read Maryann Forrest’s novel Here, Away From It All, assuming Abebooks delivers to your neck of the woods.  (And forget about the Highway Book Shop’s hardcover version — I just bought it, having fond recollection of reading the book circa 1975 but not possessing a copy.)

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

Most Popular

Elections

Biden, Never

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found  here, here, here, here, here and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the ... Read More
Elections

Biden, Never

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found  here, here, here, here, here and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the ... Read More
Elections

Late Campaign Stops Don’t Seem to Do Much

Growing up in New Jersey, we called nights like tonight – where there were expectations for hooliganism -- vandalism, breaking windows, and perhaps even arson, “Mischief Night.” In Detroit, they called it “Devil’s Night.” In 2020, Americans just call it “Friday.” On the menu today: wondering ... Read More
Elections

Late Campaign Stops Don’t Seem to Do Much

Growing up in New Jersey, we called nights like tonight – where there were expectations for hooliganism -- vandalism, breaking windows, and perhaps even arson, “Mischief Night.” In Detroit, they called it “Devil’s Night.” In 2020, Americans just call it “Friday.” On the menu today: wondering ... Read More
White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More
White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More
Elections

A Collusion Tale: China and the Bidens

Understand what’s going on here: The media-Democrat complex is warning you, on the basis of no evidence, that if you don’t close your eyes to the explosive revelations from Hunter Biden’s computers, you will be abetting a Russian intelligence operation; yet it has become increasingly obvious that this is ... Read More
Elections

A Collusion Tale: China and the Bidens

Understand what’s going on here: The media-Democrat complex is warning you, on the basis of no evidence, that if you don’t close your eyes to the explosive revelations from Hunter Biden’s computers, you will be abetting a Russian intelligence operation; yet it has become increasingly obvious that this is ... Read More

Searching for a Sign

I’ve been waiting for almost six months to see a Biden-Harris yard sign in my neighborhood. Finally one -- just one -- appeared about two weeks ago. It is large and proud. The homeowners even equipped it with a spotlight, so that it is visible at night. I’m surprised, because liberal political yard signs ... Read More

Searching for a Sign

I’ve been waiting for almost six months to see a Biden-Harris yard sign in my neighborhood. Finally one -- just one -- appeared about two weeks ago. It is large and proud. The homeowners even equipped it with a spotlight, so that it is visible at night. I’m surprised, because liberal political yard signs ... Read More