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A Mainstream Voice From the Recent Past on Racism and Immigration. By Roger Algase

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In my February 17 post Plain Talk From The Far Left About Anti-Immigrant Racism, I suggested that the mainstream media are afraid to discuss this issue openly. However, this does not mean that the far left is the only part of the political spectrum that is willing to draw the connection between racism and the opposition to immigration reform.

An example is an article in TIME called Is Racism Fueling the Immigration Debate?

http://content.time.com/time/printou...195250,00.html

No one would call TIME a left wing publication. The article begins with a statement by John Gibson of Fox News imploring the network's viewers to have more babies, because minorities are reportedly reproducing faster than whites and America will allegedly have an Hispanic majority in 25 years.

After stating that Gibson is "wildly wrong" about the 25 years prediction, TIME continues:

"But his comments brought to light what many Democrats contend is really beneath the fight over immigration - a hint of nativism or racism. 'I have no doubt that some of those involved in the debate have their position based on fear or even perhaps racism because of what's happening demographically in the country', says Ken Salazar, Democratic Senator from Colorado. A Senate Democratic leadership aide is more blunt: 'A lot of the anti-immigration movement is jingoistic at best and racist at worst. There is a fear of white people being run over by darker-skinned people'.

Resistance is fierce in the House to any plan to legalize the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants or to create a program for millions of guest workers who would in turn be put on a path to citizenship. No one accuses House leaders of acting out of racism, but some say they are responding to constituents who are. The House leadership is in a tight spot ..."
(Emphasis added.)

The article continues:

"The Democratic allegations of racism may sound like just another political ploy, but there is certainly a case to be made that racial fears are informing some of the debate on immigration policy."

Indeed. Does this sound familiar, especially the part about how the House leaders are blocking legalization in order to pander to racists in the Republican base?

The above article appeared on May 17, 2006, almost eight years ago.

But it reads as if it could have been written yesterday. Has the white supremacist stranglehold over House Republican immigration policy diminished in any way in the past eight years? It would be difficult to make that argument.

In 2006, there was not yet any such thing as the Tea Party. But there was more than enough bigotry against brown-skinned immigrants within the Republican party to go around, and that has not significantly changed, at least among the Republican majority in today's House of Representatives.

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Roger Algase is a New York lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing immigration law for more than 30 years, and is devoted to helping H-1B, O-1 and EB-1 extraordinary ability, labor certification and marriage - based clients, among others, deal successfully with our immigration system. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com



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Updated 02-25-2014 at 02:45 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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