We care more about Afghan migrants than about homegrown indigent?

Prior to coronapanic, approximately 40 million Americans were suffering in poverty (HHS). To these unfortunates, 8 million were added via shutdowns, mask orders, and economic slowdowns (Bloomberg). Who is first in our thoughts when we’re looking to extend a helping hand? Afghan migrants, says the NYT. “Americans Stretch Across Political Divides to Welcome Afghan Refugees”:

In rural Minnesota, an agricultural specialist has been working on visa applications and providing temporary housing for the newcomers, and she has set up an area for halal meat processing on her farm. In California, a group of veterans has sent a welcoming committee to the Sacramento airport to greet every arriving family. In Arkansas, volunteers are signing up to buy groceries, do airport pickups and host families in their homes.

The moment stands in contrast to the last four years when the country, led by a president who restricted immigration and enacted a ban on travel from several majority-Muslim countries, was split over whether to welcome or shun people seeking safe haven. And with much of the electorate still deeply divided over immigration, the durability of the present welcome mat remains unknown.

(How many Muslims immigrated or traveled to the U.S. during this purported “ban”?)

Uber thoughtfully interrupted my locked iPhone with a notification:

(The canine portion of this image is a friend’s Samoyed puppy.)

Where does the urgent notification lead?

What’s interesting to me about this is that Uber has never notified me regarding the need to help the homeless encamped within a few blocks of their headquarter. From Working in San Francisco today (January 2019):

[the meeting is] inside of WeWork Civic Center on Mission between 7th and 8th wedged between a homeless encampment and emergency heroin detox center. I would recommend picking a hotel in another part of town. … Due to the layout and direction of the one way streets and traffic I’ve found cabs/Uber to work fairly poorly and often take longer than BART. I stopped using cars when junkies started trying to open my door at stop lights.

The described location is literally 2 minutes away from the Uber HQ. As with other rich Californians, it’s not that Uber couldn’t help these people, e.g., by funding construction of an apartment building or the rental of one or more apartments … it is just that Uber doesn’t want to.

Maybe it is because we have more hope for Afghan migrants than we do for people who’ve already failed within U.S. society? (they couldn’t even get organized to collect welfare, which in some states is more lucrative than working at the median wage)

I talked to a Harvard graduate and lifelong Democrat about this. She said “It will probably take three generations before they are fully integrated into American society.” I thought it was interesting that she assumed that adopting our value system was inevitable and desirable. (See also Omar Mateen, the most famous second-generation Afghan-American, reared by “All-American” and “moderate Muslim” immigrant parents.) Is it fair to call the assumption that immigrants would want to assimilate a sign of white supremacy? The U.S. is plainly richer than Afghanistan (Afghans are close to being the world’s least economically successful people), but is the U.S. value and moral system superior to what prevails in Afghanistan? Other than white supremacy, what is our basis for saying that our rainbow flag religion is better than Islam, for example?


10 thoughts on “We care more about Afghan migrants than about homegrown indigent?

  1. Here’s a report on how Afghan migrants are integrating into European society:

    I’ve Worked with Refugees for Decades. Europe’s Afghan Crime Wave Is Mind-Boggling … Afghans stand out among the refugees committing crimes in Austria and elsewhere … According to Austrian statistics Afghans are responsible for a stunning half of all [sexual assault] cases

    source: https://archive.is/ibmJ3

  2. The Screwtaope Letters, Ch 6. CS Lewis –


    Do what you will, there is going to be some benevolence, as well as some malice, in your patient’s soul. The great thing is to direct the malice to his immediate neighbours whom he meets every day and to thrust his benevolence out to the remote circumference, to people he does not know.

    The malice thus becomes wholly real and the benevolence largely imaginary

    Think of your man as a series of concentric circles, his will being the innermost, his intellect coming next, and finally his fantasy

    you must keep on shoving all the virtues outward till they are finally located in the circle of fantasy

  3. Vast swathes of entire generations will not be able to retire unless their homes double in value every ten to fifteen years. That’s the entirety of their retirement plan. If housing has to become arbitrarily more expensive, of course you have to limit supply and this generates homelessness. The Afghans do not interfere with these retirement plans.

  4. This is like a millionaire / billionaire (Uber in this example) being invited to a fancy fund raise (help the Afghan immigrants in this example) to show compassion and care and that they are doing their part. In reality, Uber doesn’t give a sh*t about the Afghan or the homeless a block away from its HQ.

    As for your Harvard graduate and lifelong Democrat, she got it so wrong that “It will probably take three generations before they are fully integrated into American society.” It will never happen. If Afghans wanted western life style, economy and technology, they would have started it at their home country generations ago and they would have welcomed it when the Soviet and the US invaded their country.

    A majoring of the migrant, will not integrate or contribute to the country they migrated to [1].

    [1] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58484953

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