For longer than I can remember, there's been some terrified white person telling me that the immigrant hordes would come to this country, breed, and take over our democracy with either a repressive religious doctrine (Muslims) or their willingness to do hard labor for little pay (everyone who is brown). So, with this story about the Amish, I'm sure the local tea partiers will be including a talk about the "Butter Churning Menace" at their next meeting.
Apparently, while you were all watching the border, you should have been watching the undeveloped farming communities in your own backyard. Missouri now has the fourth-highest Amish population growth in the country, with 41 settlements and more than 10,000 Amish living in the state.
We're through the looking glass, KC.
Missouri's Amish population grew by 15 percent over the last two years, fueled by large family size, high retention rates and immigration, according to a review by Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.
Missouri is attractive to the Amish, researchers say, because of available and reasonably priced farmland, as well as the rural isolation that assures them of the privacy they cherish.