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Candide Recommends: Wednesday, July 12, 2006
  • The war on immigrants continues to evolve brash and bigoted weaponry: The Wall Street Journal today reports today on how “politicians from Massachusetts to California are drawing up laws and ordinances to limit illegal immigrants' access to jobs, housing and government services. The officials argue that illegal residents are overburdening local schools and hospitals and straining public finances.” The piece follows up on a similar take by The New York Times on Sunday, which focused on the racist mayor of Avon Park, Fla., who, like a brother-bigot mayor in Hazelton, Pa., pushing a similarly racist ordinance in his town, longs for the days when “nuclear families were the only occupants of single-family homes in their towns, every resident paid taxes and English was the only language heard on the streets.”
  • Roger Lowenstein in the New York Times Magazine on Sunday tries to figure out “The Immigrant Equation”—are “they” good for the economy, bad for the country, a wash, to use a metaphor unfitting of their arrivals ashore? The conclusion is unimaginative: “there is an alchemy that occurs when immigrants land ashore; the economy's potential for absorbing and also adapting is mysterious but powerful. Like any form of economic change, immigration causes distress and disruption to some. But America has always thrived on dynamic transformations that produce winners as well as losers. Such transformations stimulate growth.”

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