Is Immigration a Racial Issue? Anglo Attitudes on Immigration Policies in a Border County:
Anglo sentiments could undoubtedly shift outside of a border city, of course. But I doubt the fundamental nature of the perceptions observed here would be much altered, especially considering the blatant irrationality and aversion to mere factual evidence obvious in the approaches of people like rage.Objective: This study assesses the association between Anglo aversion to Latinos, physical proximity to Latinos, and contact with ethnic minorities, with expressed preferences for immigration policies.
Methods: Data were drawn from a telephone survey of San Diego County, California, residents ( N=549 Anglos) using random-digit-dial procedures during 2005–2006 that was conducted by closely supervised professional interviewers. Descriptive reports, tau-b correlations, and multivariate logistic regressions were used for analysis.
Results: Aversion to Latinos, as indicated by an adaptation of the Bogardus social distance scale, was related to more restrictionist attitudes about legal and Mexican immigration. Associations increased when respondents were primed to consider Mexican immigration, although aversion to Latinos was not related to attitudes about amnesty for undocumented persons. Contrary to some previous findings, proximity to Latino populations increased opposition to legal immigration and amnesty. Reported minority contact had minimal impact but increased support for amnesty.
Conclusions: Attitudes about immigration may be motivated more by racial resentments than other considerations. Future research should identify racial factors that influence Anglo policy positions beyond the classic Anglo/African division that has dominated this research arena.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
It would require more than that, frankly. It would require the establishment of authoritarian police state policies that there would be legitimate ethical objections to. When we consider the fact that immigration both legal and illegal continues to be spurred by the consequences of trade liberalization in Mexico, we ought to be glaring harder at the U.S. financial class than at Mexican immigrants.
Bobo has been in office less than a year and already I'm a...
Oh, yes, Un-American.
I wonder what I will be next week.
I came into this world fighting, screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I have no problem going out the same way.