August 19, 2007
Sunday Morning Happy Ending Post
By Randy Paul of Beautiful Horizons
Read this from the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Given the Reagan administration's policy of denying asylum applications to those fleeing the regimes he supported in Central America, there is little doubt in my mind that Dale Maharidge's uncharacteristic act as a journalist saved lives. In addition, he helped a young woman become a productive US citizen.
I wish that would make some of the knees stop jerking.
Inspiring article at the first link, Randy. What's the knee-jerking you refer to? Anti-illegal immigrant sentiment? (That would relate more directly to economic immigrants.)
Posted by: Sanpete | Aug 19, 2007 1:43:49 PM
Oy vey, Sanpete. I guess I'm going to be the first person sucked into a useless go-around with you, but here it is. In the 1980's, there was plenty of "anti-illegal immigrant sentiment" directed against the Central Americans -- who were refused status because the availability of asylum became just another Cold War tool and we had our hands dirty in the Central American civil wars. (At any rate, the legal definition of refugee remains restrictive, and, as a result, many people fleeing civil wars will not qualify, but they will still come to the U.S.) Anyway, it's an example of the U.S. reaching beyond its borders plenty and then playing dumb when there are consequences.
Posted by: balagan | Aug 19, 2007 6:25:33 PM
Balagan, you're saying the knee-jerking was 20 years ago? I thought he was talking about something more contemporary, which is, as I said, far more economically based now, along with some xenophobic elements.
Posted by: Sanpete | Aug 19, 2007 7:32:39 PM
It's a little of both. The knee jerking takes place now (witness the claims of lack of assimilation when in fact the children of immigrants asimilate quick well). Witness Tom Tancredo.
Posted by: Randy Paul | Aug 19, 2007 8:08:52 PM
Posted by: judy | Oct 11, 2007 7:38:42 AM
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