Victor Davis Hanson

The Moral Crisis on Our Southern Border

A perfect storm of special interests have hijacked U.S. immigration law.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online


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Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture. He recently published an historical novel The End of Sparta (2012), a realistic retelling of Epaminondas invasion and liberation of Spartan-control Messenia. In The Father of Us All (2011), he collected earlier essays on warfare ancient and modern. His upcoming history The Savior Generals(2013) analyzes how five generals in the history of the West changed the course of battles against all odds. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 and the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson, who was the fifth successive generation to live in the same house on his family’s farm, was a full-time orchard and vineyard grower from 1980-1984, before joining the nearby CSU Fresno campus in 1984 to initiate a classical languages program. In 1991, he was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given yearly to the country’s top undergraduate teachers of Greek and Latin. Hanson has been a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992-93), a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University (1991-92), a recipient of the Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism (2002), an Alexander Onassis Fellow (2001), and was named alumnus of the year of the University of California, Santa Cruz (2002). He was also the visiting Shifrin Professor of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (2002-3). He received the Manhattan Institute’s Wriston Lectureship in 2004, and the 2006 Nimitz Lectureship in Military History at UC Berkeley in 2006. Hanson is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers, and newspaper editorials on matters ranging from ancient Greek, agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture. He has written or edited 17 books, including Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983; paperback ed. University of California Press, 1998); The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2d paperback ed. University of California Press, 2000); Hoplites: The Ancient Greek Battle Experience (Routledge, 1991; paperback., 1992); The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization(Free Press, 1995; 2nd paperback ed., University of California Press, 2000);Fields without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea (Free Press, 1996; paperback, Touchstone, 1997; The Bay Area Book reviewers Non-fiction winner for 1996); The Land Was Everything: Letters from an American Farmer (Free Press, 2000; a Los Angeles Times Notable book of the year); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback, 2001); The Soul of Battle (Free Press, 1999, paperback, Anchor/Vintage, 2000); Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001; Anchor/Vintage, 2002; a New York Times bestseller); An Autumn of War (Anchor/Vintage, 2002); Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003),Ripples of Battle (Doubleday, 2003), and Between War and Peace (Random House, 2004). A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War, was published by Random House in October 2005. It was named one of the New York Times Notable 100 Books of 2006. Hanson coauthored, with John Heath, Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (Free Press, 1998; paperback, Encounter Press, 2000); with Bruce Thornton and John Heath, Bonfire of the Humanities (ISI Books, 2001); and with Heather MacDonald, and Steven Malanga, The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today’s (Ivan Dee 2007). He edited a collection of essays on ancient warfare, Makers of Ancient Strategy (Princeton University Press, 2010). Hanson has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Post, National Review, Washington Times, Commentary, The Washington Post, Claremont Review of Books, American Heritage, New Criterion, Policy Review, Wilson Quarterly, Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and has been interviewed often on National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Fox News, CNN, and C-Span’s Book TV and In-Depth. He serves on the editorial board of the Military History Quarterly, and City Journal. Since 2001, Hanson has written a weekly column for National Review Online, and in 2004, began his weekly syndicated column for Tribune Media Services. In 2006, he also began thrice-weekly blog for Pajamas Media, Works and Days. Hanson was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA, Classics, 1975, ‘highest honors’ Classics, ‘college honors’, Cowell College), the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (regular member, 1978-79) and received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University in 1980. He divides his time between his forty-acre tree and vine farm near Selma, California, where he was born in 1953, and the Stanford campus.

14 Thoughts on “The Moral Crisis on Our Southern Border

  1. Larry L. Peterson on July 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm said:

    Mr. Hanson you have articulated the situation perfectly. The difficulties in the U. S. stem from an amoral ruling elite. What’s even worse is their sense of moral superiority over us unwashed masses.

  2. Surely Obama will be telling us that “unexpectedly” comes a medley of community organized race riots?

  3. Retired on July 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm said:

    Will the outrage that most voters feel over this illegal invasion overseen my the Obama Administration translate into votes against his fellow travelers in Congress in November?

  4. Retired on July 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm said:

    And what does Mexico gain from their complicity in this invasion? Obviously the Mex govt has a long term strategy to allow their lower classes to emigrate to the US. But don’t they fear a backlash from the invasion will cutoff the emigration of their mestisos?

  5. linnea mogren on July 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm said:

    Today African Americans have begun to revolt against this invasion and the demands that the poor accept the continued loss of jobs and opportunities to illegals. The Mexican and Central Americans keep wages low for poor American citizens. Especially African Americans. They also face violent racism in their schools and neighborhoods which is never reported because the media can’t place the culpability in white folks.

    There’s another onerous political outcome. The pro-illegal crowds have been chanting ” this is stolen land ” which obviously means they want revolution. The American southwest is in great danger of eventually being carved up like the Balkans in the early 90s. We can only imagine the slaughter and conflict which could truly occur with the support of the American left.

  6. Voyager on July 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm said:

    I remember a few year back when one of the rounds of fires were burning through California, when it turned out that many of the big employers of illegals were driving them back out to work in the fields with threats of deportation if they didn’t work even in areas under mandatory evacuation.

    It struck me that many of these were the same people clamoring for a steady stream of illegal immigrants, and agitating against anyone who objected.

    It seems to me that the leaders of the amnesty faction are really trying to create a new serf class, maintained at the public’s expense, but at the same time, subject to arbitrary law enforcement at the whims of the amnesty leaders, and that they are further attempting to distract these new serfs from the people who are actually abusing them by agitating them against the legal citizen who pay for their upkeep.

    Basically, they are playing an elaborate game of “let’s you and him fight” between the legals and illegals, and looting both parties for all they are worth.

  7. Let’s get this into the NY Times!!!

  8. What if the plan was this:

    a) Progressives, seeing the November election results looking dismal, planned a year ago… to get South of Mexico sourced… babies, children, teenagers and pregnant mothers to flood the Southern borders… Such young ones are an huge expense!

    b) Knowing Congress might deny funds to such, Obama knows he can enact some emergency stimulus which is part of the plan (but not entire plan.) THIS stimulus (more borrowing) works to get the velocity of money where the GDP doesn’t evidence a depression by Fall voting time (which it otherwise will, unless other ways of cheating the numbers aren’t used by statist-towering-genius-masterminds.)

    c) This, uh hum, “voting” stimulus works to keep a complete change of admin happening in Fall of 2014.

    d) However, just before 2016, when the still existent depression WOULD make a complete house-cleaning full sweep of Tea Part Patriot voting results… the BIGGEST plan, the LONG plan… would kick in, conveniently.

    e) A 100-year overdue financial meltdown will be permitted to finally happen. It’s cause is actually from 1913, the creation of a state-planning financial system (the Fed Reserve & endless government debt & currency devaluation & fractional bank money-making & bankster skimming plenary powers & amplification (vs. natural lessening) of every boom-bust swing cycle (it gives “towering genius” their reason d’être) SO THAT…

    f) By 2016 a newer, worse financial system will be put into place than the one in 1913, 1932, 1944, 1971, 2008…) (Then, it won’t matter if a Tea Party Patriot majority runs things for a while… a newer, more statist, more controlling, more difficult-to-remove financial world system will be fixed in place….)

    g) This way the NEXT 100 years will be MORE master-minded, more Communistic, more state-planned… than the last 101.

    h) The LONG game being played is possible to be played by the excellencies sucked out of the Industrial Revolution, the electronic revolution, the digital revolution, the medical revolution, space revolution, etc.

    i) Because of the internet, people are seeing that 7 billion planners (the earth’s population) are better at planning, by free-market choice and liberty and banning mastermind egos from levers of control, than a few hundred masterminds running the IMF, G-20, Russia, Wall Street Banks, the Fed, the WSJ, CNN, Universities, seminaries…. and the masterminds know this. So they are trying to retain control for the next 100 years.

  9. Brion Mitchell on July 13, 2014 at 10:56 am said:

    Mr Hanson,

    Your writing is spot on. I often wonder myself how many of these proponents of unabated immigration would take these people into their own homes. Hypocrisy, it isn’t just for breakfast any more.

    Keep up the good work.

  10. I thought America was broke… I thought we were deeply in financial trouble………I must be wrong, we are going to force working americans to feed, house, support, give medical to MILLIONS………..I can’t afford dental for my own family, I cannot afford to take care of more.


  11. President Obama has 12 Million dollars now, why doesn’t he support these kids instead of forcing us working people to do it.

  12. I felt like cheering as I read your article! Everything I am thinking and feeling about this current immigration crisis accurately outlines my utter disgust with the leaders in the countries from where these immigrants come and the so-called leaders of my own government.

    The protesters of this invasion have one main thing in their favor, their complete and ‘real’ aversion to what is happening. They are not hiding their displeasure, nor do I believe they should.

    Bravo for a well written article that gives those of us who protest this invasion a logical voice. Sometimes the logic is hard to find when emotions are engaged.

  13. freeride71 on July 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm said:

    Mr. Hanson,

    Your articles regarding illegal immigration are the most accurate depiction of the mess we have created over the last two decades. As I have worked in immigration enforcement for the past seventeen years, you are one of the very few authors who actually tells it like it is. I often challenge the Los Angeles Times to print your articles as a counterpoint to their pro-illegal immigration stance but I’m afraid that would never happen in my lifetime. Thank you for having the courage to speak the truth!

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