Diversity may be a positive thing in some ways, but the US has thrived and functioned as a country because of its immigrants assimilating and assuming American ways, writes Jonah Goldberg in the Los Angeles Times. However, a strange trend has emerged in liberal circles that seeks to demonize integration and the creation of a melting pot. Too much diversity, in terms of people that don’t integrate enthusiastically, can be bad for a country. Shared values, customs and institutions are crucial so that a nation may function successfully. Immigration is not the issue, but it must always be combined with a strong drive to assimilate and fit in.
Diversity is and has long been a huge resource to the US, reports a 2014 article by Mathew J. Burrows in The Huffington Post. Immigrants are immense contributors to the American economy. Compared to Europe, which is seeing a worsening population decline, the US birth rate of 2.07 is just slightly below replacement level, thanks to immigrants. A diverse workforce allows for a more dynamic economy, fueling innovation and market growth. STEM in particular benefits from a steady inflow of skilled and educated workers. Immigrants are also a good resource for maintaining relations and cooperation with their home countries.