Immigration reform debate is no place for bigotry

Ruben Navarrette, Jr., a member of the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board, and a nationally syndicated columnist writes on cnn.com that bigotry and racism have no place in the debate on how best to reform the U.S. immigration system.

Let’s be real. Americans have been griping, “There goes the neighborhood” for more than 200 years. The first group of immigrants to the United States who were accused of diminishing the quality of life for everyone else — by altering the demographics, eroding the culture and threatening the language — were the Germans, followed by the Chinese, the Irish, the Italians, the Greeks, the Jews, the Muslims, etc.

Now, it’s the Latinos’ turn to be in the rhetorical crosshairs. They’ll be there again this spring, when the Obama administration has promised to join in an encore to the immigration debate of a few years ago, which, as you may recall, provided substantially more heat than light.

Read the full column here.

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