I just want to offer a comment on the frequently heard mantra in the US that “we are a country of immigrants”. As the Americans in the group here know it is used in an attempt to make those who object to open borders look bad or feel guilty. What the open borders folks never want to discuss is that until fairly recent times, immigrants were expected to support themselves from the moment they got off the boat or walked across the border. At some point in the mid to latter 1800’s some immigrants might have been able to avail themselves of some assistance from churches or non-government funded entities, but that was far from universal and there were no entitlements. Further, immigrants were expected to learn English and fully assimilate. Yes there were ethnic neighborhoods where the old language prevailed at home, but the kids had no choice but to learn English as that was the only language used in the schools.