Category Archives: Immigration

Authoritarianism And The Petty Tyrants

Worst band name EVAR. But that’s not what this post is about. One thing that’s patently clear in even the most precursory study of authoritarianism is that authoritarian regimes rely on ‘petty tyrants’: officials, including very minor ones such as … Continue reading

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Are People Really Going To Move From Clay County, KY To Wash Dishes In D.C.?

Or Boston? Or Austin, TX? From Pew (boldface mine): Most of the United States’ 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants live in just 20 major metropolitan areas, with the largest populations in New York, Los Angeles and Houston, according to new Pew … Continue reading

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The Right Always Told Us Tyranny Would Arrive Via FEMA–The Seattle ICE Edition

Recently, I noted this the Customs and Border Patrol: We’ll get back to this, but we’re also seeing a rise in detention by Customs and Border Patrol (‘CBP’). One recent case was the detention by U.S. Customs of U.S Olympian … Continue reading

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Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Is Not A Trumpist Phenomenon

It’s a conservative one. I stumbled across an old post I wrote from 2007 about immigration, ““What Is The Real Beef With The Immigration Bill?”“. It could have been written today–nothing has changed. In other words, Trump has tapped into … Continue reading

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Despite all the aphorisms about history repeating and rhyming, I’ve always thought the most important thing about studying history is that is it provides context. A little bit of context can go a very long way in shutting down the … Continue reading

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Life Begins at Contraception and Ends at Honduran

Or something. When the right wing started caterwauling about the hordes of undocumented immigrant children, I asked “Where Do We Want Honduran Children to Die?” and referred to Barbara O’Brien: Unfortunately I don’t see a real solution that wouldn’t require … Continue reading

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So When Will Richwine and the Heritage Foundation Focus on Our Alabama Problem?

Dana Goldstein has a very nice takedown of Jason Richwine, formerly of the Heritage Foundation, who misused of IQ to argue that Latino immigrants should face restrictions as they are low IQ, including this: Richwine recognizes Brigham’s bias toward certain … Continue reading

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