Is Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric About Maintaining a White Majority?
A bombshell story in the Washington Post has exposed how the instigators of anti-immigrant laws are really intent on reinforcing an American white majority.
Kris Kobach is/was/appears to be Mitt Romney’s main immigration advisor and the major author of Arizona’s anti-immigration law — which Romney has praised — and Hethmon is his sidekick at the Immigration Reform Law Institute. There has been a dance around Kobach’s exact role with the Romney campaign as Mittens tries to shake the etch-a-sketch in order to somehow appeal to the Hispanic voters he needs to win but who are currently rejecting him in polls by five to one.
What Hethmon tells the Post is:
Immigration is “on track to change the demographic makeup of the entire country. You know, what they call ‘minority-majority,’ ” said Hethmon, who is general counsel at the Washington-based Immigration Reform Law Institute. “How many countries have gone through a transition like that — peacefully, carefully? It’s theoretically possible, but we don’t have any examples.”
So Hethmon is motivated by concerns about a transition from a white U.S. majority, which he fears may not be “peaceful”? He’s working on anti-immigrant measures for Republican policymakers nationwide to prevent whites from slipping into the American minority?
If the media can go haywire over comments made by a woman identified as a Democrat but purely a CNN commentator and not part of the Obama campaign, where — apart from on Rachel Maddow — is the outrage on these blatantly racist statements from someone front-and-center in the Republican push on immigration law?
Kobach, in the Post, echoes Hethmon’s racism, saying: “Change the individual decisions of particular illegal aliens, and they will decide to leave the country.” Which particular illegal residents is he referring to? Just the brown ones? If this law push is supposed to be about legality, shouldn’t he be focused on all illegal residents?
Hethmon is asked: “What are you going to say to the people who say that you’re creating a climate of fear?” Hethmon recalled someone asking him recently. “I say, ‘Well, yeah, it’s not great. But it’s the best choice.’”
All this fear-creating — and fear-mongering for white votes — while figures show Mexican migration, for one, is actually in reverse.
Hethmon and Kobach’s baby, Arizona’s ‘Papers Please’ law, is currently before the Supreme Court. As Jessica Pieklo has reported here, the questioning on that from friend-of-the-right Justice Scalia echoed the sort of racism Hethmon boldly came out with to the Washington Post.
Analysts believe that the Justice Department will lose its case against the Arizona law, but the right may regret what it wished for.
Law Professor Jonathan Turley told MSNBC’s Martin Bashir that having heard the oral argument on Wednesday, he expected the Arizona law to emerge unscathed. However, he also pointed out that this may be just what the Obama campaign wants as it will push the Romney campaign bang into the place they want them to be and lock up the Hispanic vote, putting not just Florida into the Obama column but possibly even Arizona itself.
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