‘Immigration’ Archive

The Real Reason I Liked the Insurance Mandate May 25, 2018 No Comments

I have often clashed with my conservative friends as to why I liked the insurance mandate of Obamacare [alas, it went away early this year].  For one thing, how is it different from the Social Security Tax, except it gives you more of a choice of providers.  Medicare is funded by a mandated tax, isn’t […]

Michael Lind:  Can You Restrict Immigration Without Alienating Recent Immigrants? December 6, 2016 No Comments

Michael Lind is one of the most perceptive political and social observers of our time.  He ‘scooped’ the Trump revolution, as I have said, before Trump even declared himself a candidate.  And he has continued to be as perceptive. But where does Lind stand on immigration?

Immigration Policy: Offending Everyone II: Whither Evangelicals? September 11, 2012 No Comments

If immigration is a ‘social issue,’ it is one that cuts very differently from the traditional social issues of abortion, euthanasia, and gender. And an anti-immigrant stance alienates a whole different set of people than conservatism on moral issues does. I’ll admit, as I may have said before, that I both think that the Dream […]

How Much Does Immigration Change Character? September 10, 2012 No Comments

I am opposed to immigrant bashing. But we all bring ourselves and our deficiencies with us wherever we go. The Latinos are not the first immigrants to flock to California only to find they had brought their old selves along with them; and they will not be the last. In response to: “Mexico’s challenge: for […]

Immigration Policy: Now I Will Offend Everyone December 20, 2010 2 Comments

I don’t know whether this should be the official stance of the PAN Norte, but I wish to inform my readers that I endorse both the DREAM Act, beloved of the left and the proposals of the right to redefine “birthright citizenship” by defining the 14th amendment’s phrase “under the jurisdiction of the United States” as not […]

Why The Religious Right Is Soft On Immigration: Plus, I Propose To Revive A New Deal-Era Institution September 23, 2010 No Comments

I read a recent New York Times article on the Mormon editor who is being lambasted by the conservatives for his views on immigration points up a little known fact – the strictly religious right is fairly soft on immigration.  First, they see a mission field, a chance to recruit new people to Red America […]