Monday, July 17, 2006

Francis Lynn on Xenophobia Redux

Francis Lynn wrote:
"Just because you deem someone a xenophobe or racist because he or she disagrees with you does not make them so. . . ."
By the same token, just because someone takes offense at being called a xenophobe or a racist doesn't clear them of the indictment. I might add that I have not yet referred to you (personally) as either a xenophobe or a racist: The jury's still deadlocked on whether you are a xenophobe, but I can say with quite some certainty that you are not a racist. Given our limited interaction, I would put you into the category of someone who is very rational but strongly biased on the issue of immigration. Consequently, I still believe that there is a very good chance that you and I may find common ground on this issue.

Francis Lynn continued:
"You may not intend to, but you come across as arrogant & superior."
Guilty as charged.

Francis Lynn continued:
"Believe it or not, there are well-educated & well-informed people on the other side of the issue."
I am well aware of this fact. Indeed, at the risk of changing the subject, there are well-educated and well-informed people who believe that the world was created in six days less than 10,000 years ago. However, the Peter Brimelows of the world are a rare breed on your side of the ongoing immigration debate. Demagogues like Bryanna Bevens are much more common.

Francis Lynn continued:
"[W]ith at least 12 million illegals in the country & no idea how many among them are violent criminals, do you think maybe it is okay if our government controls the borders to stop the violent ones from gettng in?"
All mutual smugness aside, controlling the borders is a non-issue. The vast majority of the 12 million illegal aliens currently in the United States entered legally and simply overstayed their welcome. If there is a problem with the current state of immigration enforcement, it is the fact that illegal aliens who are taken into custody for violent crimes are not kept in custody until they can be deported.

Francis Lynn continued:
"Again, the USA cannot take in 3 billion law-abiding people, just because they want to come here.
And there is no evidence whatsoever that 3 billion people want to come to the United States to work and live. Indeed, quite a few people who come to the United States to work eventually return to their countries of origin.

Francis Lynn continued:
"Illegal immigrants are not the most productive sector in this country, in so far as what they contribute to the economy as opposed to what govermentt services are spent on them."
I know quite a few economists who would disagree with this assessment.

Francis Lynn continued:
"Okay, I picked up a newspaper - I see nothing about Hazelton using the new ordinance to persecute Latino legal citizens, unless you're reading Mother Jones or LaRaza newsletter.
Try the Los Angeles Times, which is where I first got wind of the story.

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