Sunday, February 17, 2008

Citizenship Blues: NY Times Editorial

The NY Times editorial is correct -- you can tell where an administration's heart is, it's where it places its money. The Bush administration, when its grand compromise on immigration failed, quickly moved to give its priority to fences and workplace enforcement. As for a welcoming hand to the immigrant, it went from a hand-shake to a hand out for payment. As a consequence the whole naturalization process -- now founded on enforcement and pay-for-service mentality -- nearly collapsed.

The campaign of Barack Obama has electrified the young and they have provided the rockets that are shooting him past Hillary Clinton. This is the "millennial generation " -- born after 1982 and just coming to voting age. This generation, as Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais describe in their Millennial Makeover, are somewhat different from the baby-boomers and the Generation X that went before it. Forty percent are Afro-American, Latino and Asian -American; one in five has at least one parent who is an immigrant

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