Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Convenient Immigration

John Cole:
...ten years ago this month, Republicans were pitching an absolute fit about allowing Elian Gonzalez to go back to Cuba, demanding he be made an American citizen because… his mother almost walked across the border. Ten years later, they want to kick out Hispanic citizens because… their mothers walked across the border.
The difference is likely found in the degree and depth of demagoguery on the right. Immigration is always the issue of choice for demagogues.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The difference is that Elian Gonzalez came from communist Cuba. His mother was allegedly fleeing communism, which the right sympathizes with. Twelve million people from Central America here primarily for work opportunity is a different situation. Plus, with 10% unemployment, it's an issue that people can effectively use for demagoguery.