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From: Kevin Knox
I'm a pure, dyed-in-the-wool anti-immigrationist and anti-illegal immigrationist. I'm a third generation Californian who's seen the devastation of my State because of massive immigration of both kinds, first hand, and knows what the rest of the country is now beginning to experience. However, I'm a Democrat and I believe Bill Clinton is one of our greatest Presidents ever. I'm also a believer in the "vast right-wing conspiracy," pro-choice, and that Jesse Helms is pure evil and is partly responsible for not only the deaths of millions of smokers, but was behind the Clinton impeachment as head of that vast conspiracy.
My question is—Are there any other Democrats who subscribe to your site, believe in your cause, and think as I do? It seems that only conservatives are anti-immigration and I can't understand why. What am I missing?
Peter Brimelow writes: This is a profound question. It puzzles us deeply, particularly because immigration reform was a progressive cause at the time of the 1880-1920 Great Wave, when labor leaders like Samuel Gompers worried about the impact on wages. Democrats do write for us, for example Meredith Burke and Linda Thom. Steven Steinlight has tried to rethink immigration from his own specifically Jewish perspective, although he seems subsequently to have disappeared without trace. The silence of the environmentalist organizations, such as the Sierra Club, is truly astounding. Overall, although many individual Democrats support immigration reform, they seem even less able to get the attention of their political leaders than Republican immigration reformers. (And God knows, etc.) We invite readers, especially Democrats, to speculate.
May 14, 2002