Thursday, January 31, 2008

Clinton Panders to Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

More from the debate: I was shocked to hear Clinton say that “there are people who have been pushed out of jobs in factories, in meat-processing plants, in all kinds of settings” by immigrants, in response to a question about the effect of immigrants on African-Americans. I've never heard this kind of thing from her before. It must be a tactical move to appeal to anti-immigrant feeling in California. Anti-immigrant sentiments always take an upswing during economic downturns as people look for someone to blame. It's disappointing to hear her take this tack. Obama rightly said that blaming immigrants for job losses is just scapegoating.

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