Magazine September 26, 2016, Issue

Borders, but Why?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looms over Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City, August 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
Immigration ‘restrictionists’ should put aside Trumpian rhetoric

To understand how the immigration debate has unfolded over the past 30 years, it is helpful to consider the language we use when discussing it. One often hears of “nativists” who oppose immigration and who, by implication, loathe immigrants. Yet it is rare that we hear of “immigrationists” who are ideologically committed to higher immigration levels and who are quick to dismiss legitimate concerns about the skill levels and earning potential of new immigrants as nothing more than veiled racism. Those who advocate increased immigration levels and the granting of legal status to unauthorized immigrants are the partisans of “comprehensive

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


The Wage-Floor Roof of the Working-Class Ghetto Helen Andrews’ review of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir, by J. D. Vance, in the August 15 issue summarizes Vance’s effort to explain the factors ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Whoever used that hammer on Hillary’s phones should loan it to Huma Abedin. ‐ Acting as if it were an arm of the Clinton campaign, the FBI dumped the contents ...
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