Distance and the Borderlands
...The argument against the Mexican migration would seem on its face to be simply a repeat of old, failed arguments against past migrations.
But Mexican migration should not be viewed in the same way as other migrations. When a Ukrainian Jew or a Sicilian or an Indian came to the United States, their arrival represented a sharp geographical event; ... Sicilians might remember Sicily, they might harbor a cultural commitment to its values and they might even have a sense of residual loyalty to Sicily or to Italy -- but Italy was thousands of miles away. The Italian government could neither control nor exploit the migrant's presence in the United States. Simply put, these immigrants did not represent a geopolitical threat; ...
This, I'm sure, is a new way of looking at the problem for many people. There's a lot more there as well.
Serious enforcement of the border would be equivalent to making current immigration more like the previous waves of immigration. Let's keep our distance. Put up the fence.
4/21/2006 10:31 PM