Friday, February 25, 2011

the soft bigotry of high immigration

Gogol Bordello "Immigraniada" from Isaiah Seret on Vimeo.

immigration is an extremely regional issue, probably to a greater extent than another other major issue in the u.s. it's a real hot button issue for people in the southwest, but doesn't really resonate in a lot of other parts of the country. the occasional publicity stunts aside, i just don't think that most people in this part of the country are all that concerned about illegal immigration.

which possibly means that i'm not in a position to evaluate what motivates the crazy anti-immigrant sentiment that seems so powerful in other parts of the country. as yglesias points out, illegal immigration actually benefits the very people who are pushing so hard on the issue in arizona. and they're willing to charge ahead with their plan even after the state is already suffering economically from a national boycott.

i just can't come up with any reason other than simple bigotry to explain their behavior. maybe i'm wrong. but if so, what am i missing?