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Immigration as An Election Issue

Not sure how “I’m not going to take a side on the immigration issue” translates into me making a “federal case” of it. All I was doing was supplying some data to inform the discussion. Those data do not compel any particular policy outcome, but they do serve to illustrate whether or not certain assertions (such as “there is no evidence to support” the contention that “most voters are worried about immigration”) are factually accurate.

So, if we are interested in whether or not immigration is an important issue in deciding a vote in, say, a Presidential election, it’s normally a good idea to look at what the voters say. Rasmussen last November found that 46 percent of voters said the issue was “very important” to them in deciding their vote. As for politicians ignoring the issue, it wasn’t exactly absent from the Republican platform for 2004. And Jerry Kilgore was hardly an absolutist on the issue.

As for whatever my nationality has to do with it, if you want my personal take on the subject, I tend to agree with Jim Bennett of Anglosphere fame. As he puts it, “Immigration, multiculturalism, democracy: pick any two.”

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