Nativists In The News
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January 19, 2006, 02:54 AM
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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, anyway.