To a very high degree, that's what is happening. You'd need to define "American" though. I believe this should include everyone who is law abiding and gainfully employed. Not everyone has the same linguistic skills; this constraint aside, wast majority of immigrants learn English out of simple self-interest. If some are stuck in ghettos, it's not solely their doing. On "rate": I HATE to sound like smug Canadian, but can't just jet this slide. Currently, rate of immigration to US is about a million a year; most current Canadian quota is about 300,000. This means that per capita, Canadian rate is about 300% of US rate. I refuse to believe American economy is any less able to "absorb" newcomers than four metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary that get most of Canadian immigrants. Yeah, food. Also, Apple Computers, Google, helicopter, and TV technology. Just from the top of my head. I haven't met one immigrant who feels that he/she has it easier on the job market than the locals. It's just illogical. Of course, tweaks can and should be done. Things like enforcing minimum wage and letting tech workers change employers could help remove the worst abuses to both immigrants and other workers. You do NOT "throw the borders open" to anyone. What a vile, persistent lie! Asylum cases are adjudicated in asylum courts. Refugees are screened by the UN and local agencies, their identities and fingerprints recorded. In 2016, U.S. settled 12,500 Syrian refugees. in Canada, Trudeau ran and won on admitting 25,000 and eventually admitted around 40,000. Of course, Germany admitted a million migrants most of whom didn't go through a UN camp; THAT's what you compare the US situation with.