David Altheide - Regents' Professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University (public.asu.edu/~atdla) - offers a guest editorial in the Arizona Republic called "Politics of fear driving debate on immigration". He either doesn't understand the issue or is lying to his readers; as proof, consider this:
Immigration is a good topic to promote fear of "others" because the targeted group lacks political power and, tends to be people of color, poor, predominantly males, who may not speak English very well.
The idea that illegal aliens as a group lack political power is extraordinarily ludicrous. Nearly every member of our elites is a supporter of illegal immigration and - like Altheide - is always ready to rush to their defense, in his case by smearing those who oppose illegal activity as spreaders of "fear". While individual illegal aliens may have little political power, those who lend them political power as a group include president Bush, most Senators, many House members, many local officials, the Mexican government, major banks and businesses, non-profit groups, religious leaders, the media, and so forth, even including college professors. Perhaps Altheide should have thought this through in a bit more depth.
Immigration2008a · Sun, 02/17/2008 - 22:01 · Importance: 1