Occasionally I`ll just do a Google search for "nativists
" or "xenophobes
" in the news, to see what`s up in the world of pro-immigration punditry.
The latest is this one by Tina Griego [send her mail
] in the Rocky Mountain News Let`s be sensible about illegal immigration
which would have been found by both terms:
Either that or we can engage in the utterly pointless exercise of swapping good Mexican/bad Mexican anecdotes and contradictory cost/benefit studies and I could amuse myself by counting the number of times the letters to the editor contain the word "hordes" and "illegal invasion" followed by "but I`m not a racist/nativist/xenophobe."
Considering that there are between twelve and twenty million illegals in the United States, I`d say "hordes"
and "illegal invasion"
were fairly reasonable.
Her idea of "Let`s be sensible" seems to be some kind of mild border protection, some kind of mild employer sanctions, but not deportation, which is the obvious and sensible answer
to the problem.
Here`s what she`s not interested in
So, here`s what we`re not going to talk about today: assimilation and the "curse" of multiculturalism. I don`t want to hear about Spanish-speaking food service workers and laundry drying on chain-link fences and parties that are too loud in houses that are too crowded. I don`t want to hear about the need for a common society with shared community values, the umbrella under which all these complaints fall.
Well, that`s what we`re here for.
We didn`t expect those issues to get much of an airing in the Rocky Mountain News