The Corner

Linda Chavez

When I read Mark Levin ‘s post about her column, I thought that he was surely exaggerating. I have always found Chavez to be thoughtful, civil, and intelligent. Her column, sadly, is none of the above. Her thesis is that people who object to amnesty just don’t like Mexicans, and any arguments they make about national security or the rule of law are just coming up with more politic ways to express their racism.

It would be one thing if Chavez were saying that some critics of the Senate bill hold racist views. But she is clearly going way beyond that. (” Stripped bare, this is what the current debate on immigration reform is all about.”) She slams the Center for Immigration Studies by name and a majority of the people who have supported her work in the past by implication.

That anyone who disagrees with her about immigration policy is a racist is all that Chavez seems to have learned from her years of work on the issue. I will never trust her judgment again.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.