Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Cut The Malarky

Kevin Drum breaks down the immigration debate:
There's probably some genuine job-based animus toward illegal immigrants in the construction industry, but elsewhere you barely need to scratch the surface to figure out that anti-immigrant anxiety mostly seems to revolve around crime, gangs, culture, language, social services, and bizarrely trumped up fears of reconquista. Can we stop kidding ourselves about this?
I generally agree. I also think crime, gangs and social services are convenient covers for cultural intolerance. Maybe not even intolerance, but fear of something different.

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