It's not the same sort of immigrant as they were back then...those people were proud and greatful to come here...learn the language...and worked their asses off to actually earn a living and contribute...not this new class of immigrant that wants everything for free while they run around with extremely bad attitudes thinking we owe them something.
All immigrants are proud and GRATEFUL to come here. It's why they do it. Some, like myself, take years as a legal immigrant to finally get to proudly take the citizenship test.
And they all learn the language, not often in the first generation, but by the second. By the third generation, they are part of the American tableau.
So WHICH immigrants are the problem then? Are you saying all the Asian ones? You know the Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese aren't hard working? I guess they are getting those good grades and engineering degrees by osmosis...
Or are you claiming the Latino population is the problem? Which would that be, the Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Guatemalans, Nicaraguans, Brazilians, etc?
Or maybe it's the African-Americans? And which would those be? The ones we brought here against their will as slaves, or the ones who saved decades of wages just to give their children a chance at the American Dream?
Your words could have been cut and pasted right out of the 18th and 19th century bigots who said the same thing about the Irish, Polish, German, etc. immigrants.
It was as ignorant and ill-informed then as it is now.
Guess what? YOU don't get to define what an American is. Our Constitution does.