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The Great Immigration Panic

In light of the recent and historic numbers of raids on immigrant workers and the escalating immigration debate that seems to be centered around hate speech and fear, I think that this article from the Opinion section of today’s New York Times is extremely relevant.

How will the current attitudes towards immigrants be remembered? What are the hidden costs of the government’s actions? Who are we becoming as a nation? Where are our core values when we need them?

Someday, the country will recognize the true cost of its war on illegal immigration. We don’t mean dollars, though those are being squandered by the billions. The true cost is to the national identity: the sense of who we are and what we value. It will hit us once the enforcement fever breaks, when we look at what has been done and no longer recognize the country that did it.

Read full article here

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