I started writing for VDARE.com because I felt if VDARE.com was to really be a coalition, it had to represent the range of political opinion that opposes high immigration levels.
There have always been left leaning politicians and activists that have opposed high immigration levels. Barbara Jordan
, Cesar Chavez
and A. Philip Randolph
are prominent examples. More recently, Peter Defazi
o has combined membership in the Progressive Caucus
with a more restrictive than average voting record
Recently, the web page of Progressives for Immigration Reform
was brought to by attention. The founders
of this organization aren`t strangers to VDARE.com readers. Vernon Briggs
has a long history of activism in the area of immigration restriction. Frank Morris
is a former director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation who has become active in Immigration Issues.
From the start, I have believed that effective restriction of immigration will be a bipartisan effort. The real supporters of immigration expansion have been the most wealthy Americans
. Part of why I think immigration reform has made so little headway is that groups opposed to high levels of immigration are divided on many other points. For examples, I disagree strongly with Tom Tancredo`s idea that restriction of immigration needs to go hand in hand with elimination of income support programs
—and removing taxes
from the most very wealthy Americans.
I don`t think reform of immigration is a left vs. right issue though. The election of figures like George Bush shows that the center of American politics has become incredibly corrupt. I think we need to face a future in which many mainstream political figures are utterly discredited and those of us that remain will have to learn to work with each other.