October 25, 2018

LEGALIZE THEM:

The heart of populism is identity, not race (Francis Fukuyama, 17 October 2018, The Spectator USA)

There is an assumption frequently made by many on the left that opposition to immigration is primarily driven by racism and xenophobia. That is surely the case with many in this camp: one has only to listen to the rhetoric of Matteo Salvini of the Italian Lega or of Donald Trump to see that race lies behind much of their animus. But there are other voters who are not racist, but who are troubled by, first, the fact that much of the new migration is illegal; and second, that the numbers are so large that the receiving countries will have a hard time assimilating the newcomers to the national culture.

These are, indeed, serious issues in and of themselves.

Like budget deficits and national debt, the illegality is aesthetically displeasing, so we should remove it.  But the fact is assimilation is no problem in America.  Indeed, our immigrants are assimilating faster now than ever.

Posted by at October 25, 2018 4:15 AM

  

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