During the next few years, Americans will have to make a choice: either reduce our current rate of immigration, which is now greater than at any time in the past, or witness the passing and death of America as waves of foreign people and cultures submerge our land. Admittedly these are harsh alternatives, but they are also true alternatives. And no appeal to sentiments – such as insisting that we are a nation of immigrants – will change them. The proof of this statement is the record of history. It is a history littered with the gravestones of great nations and civilizations which allowed outsiders to overrun them. One outstanding example was the Roman Empire. The Romans failed to control massive immigration from all parts of their empire because, like some modern Americans, they allowed pride in their national accomplishments to blind them to their national limitations. Overwhelmed by foreigners, the Romans lost the unity and common values they needed to hold their empire together. Reflecting on this catastrophe, world-acclaimed historian Will Durant noted that: “If Rome had not been engulfed by so many men of alien blood in so short a time…if she had occasionally closed her gates to let assimilation catch up with infiltration, she might have gained new racial and literary vitality from the infusion, and might have remained a Roman Rome, the voice and citadel of the West. The task was too great. The victorious city was doomed by the vastness and diversity of her conquests, her native blood was diluted in the ocean of her subjects…” Though science and technology have changed since the days of Rome, the nature of people and nations has not. If we fail to learn the lesson of Rome, we are doomed to repeat it.