There's no turn for them to wait for

Radley Balko comes around to a theme that I've harped on here quite a bit: the main motivator behind opposing immigration—I mean, "illegal" immigration—appears to me to be racism, and it further appears more and more that my take isn't unique.

Share this

Racism is not a superset of anti-immigrationism

The Sailer position in the post Balko says certainly can be said to be racist. But the general point Balko is making is not race-based:

In any case, if you’re anti-illegal immigration, and don’t support expanding the legal means for Mexicans to come here to do low-skill labor, then it’s pretty hard to argue that you aren’t “anti-immigration.”

That's true, and worth pointing out. But it doesn't follow that those who are anti-immigration are in fact racist. After all, if someone opposes increasing the number of visas given to Australians, he can be fairly said to be anti-immigration, but it's wrong to claim that is racism.

Not that there isn't overlap between those who oppose immigration and those who are racists. But they aren't the same group.