"Immigrant nation" Has a nice ring to it. Until the next group of immigrants show up. But is "immigrant" the right term to use to describe how our nation came to exist? When I think about our history, I'm not sure "immigrate" is the right term for what happened. Perhaps a better term to describe what happened would be "hostile takeover." Perhaps that is one of the reasons that those who are already here are so fearful of the next wave of immigrants... we have a kind of subconscious fear that they will do to us what our ancestors did to those they found here when they first arrived. "We"assume a certain right of possession without giving much if any thought to how "we" came to possess the land we have come to consider our own. The only "right" we had in this land was what we took through a more powerful technology. We slaughtered and displaced the inhabitants of this land and built our nation on the blood soaked soil of those we conquered. Of course we justified what we did by dehumanizing the existing inhabitants and even now "we" get anger and rather pissy when the surviving descendants of the original inhabitants protest the continued usage of the derogatory terms we used to dehumanize their ancestors in the first place.
Can we turn back time? Can we undo what we have done? Can we ever make amends for the atrocities that we perpetrated against original inhabitants of this land? No. But we can admit our atrocities and prejudices and our oppressive and destructive policies and give deference to the longing of those whose nations we destroyed when they ask us to remove from our culture those things that are offensive and continue to demoralize and dehumanize them.