I think the deep-down reason for so much immigrant-hating is racism. It seems to go in cycles. 1850's was anti-chinese immigration, 1900's was anti-irish and anti-italian immigration, anti-jewish immigration, etc etc. I'm not particularly bothered by illegal immigration because I think it is a net positive effect on the ecomony. The one problem I have is free social services. I think it tends to delay integration with society. There were no free services for the immigrant populations previously mentioned, and they quickly assimilated with american society. When we give disincentives to integration (such as not having to learn the language), it prolongs the process. However, I think it is interesting to note that second and third generation hispanic immigrants tend to have very high education levels.
All in all, this situation will work itself out too. Let the anti-immigration people bluster and spew racism. People will continue to live their lives and our country will be better for it.
Shows how much you know. I am Latino, how can I be racist against myself?Open borders and illegal immigration are a bad idea, and the racist canard is idiocy. Illegal immigration is a net negative. It hurts our workforce, and illegal immigrants are a net drain on social welfare systems. I should know, I knew a great many illegal immigrants as a dub. Many were illiterate. We are importing an underclass ready made. As for your comments regarding integration, I whole heartedly agree. But when you import too many too fast, they do not integrate, but form enclaves. When you eat too much you get indigestion. Yes there ARE people that are against the demographic wave based on racism (believe me I know), but that is not the only reason to be. Dismissing it all with a wave of the hand as racism is foolish.