Monday, June 10, 2013

Ugly Side Emerging in Immigration Fight

It's long been my pet theory that a substantial chunk of people opposed to immigration reform are modern day Know-Nothings who fear and hate the idea of a multicultural, multilingual America. My frustration is that mainstream pols won't go further than Steve King saying "enforce the law" and leaving the nativists to fill in the blanks.

Turns out people are willing to say the unsayable, you just have to know where to look and you have to give them the cloak of Internet anonymity.

Conservative site cites Our Own Chuck Grassley: "the constituents of Iowa--according to the state’s GOP senator--think that border security should come before legalization." Not my view, but certainly mainstream enough in the context of present debate.

The actual quote is a little more concerning:
“If you want to know how important securing the border is, just come to my town hall meetings,” Grassley said. “So far I’ve been in 73 of the 99 counties. My constituents say to me that we don’t need more laws, we need to enforce the laws on the books.”
So, there, Steve King's implied but unstated mass deportation.

The comments - not necessarily form Iowas, of course - are very revealing about the attitude that's lurking, just below the radar of mainstream media.

Majority of U.S. citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported

if you are not for deportation, you are for amnesty

everything in English and active repatriation with forfeiture of assets if caught here illegally.

Border security, and then NO legalization.

No Amnesty. repel and deport the illegal alien/immigrant/foreign invaders.

enforce the law, secure the border. no amnesty. if it is not repatriation, it IS amnesty

Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to ‘press one’ to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than ‘Old Glory’ are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

One commenter links to white supremacist site and this analysis of immigration reform:
The number of white Americans will dwindle—because they will age and die off, and younger whites will be increasingly unable to support children. (One of whites’ countless shortcomings: their belief that one must be able to support children before having them.) With jailbreak-style immigration inflows of legal and illegal non-white immigration and an immigrant baby boom, whites will be even more rapidly rendered a minority.

Just as in South Africa today, whites will find themselves a despised, attacked, and increasingly poor minority in what used to be their country—and no one in the Main Stream Media or the government will lift a voice in their defense.

That's what is at stake with this Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill. It's not just dispossession—it's extinction.
This crap is out there. How much does it represent? How much support could a candidate openly advocating mass deportation win in a Republican caucus or primary? How long till someone tries?

It's time for responsible critics of immigration reform to denounce this kind of stuff - and time for the irresponsible ones to own the implications of "enforce the law."

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