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Migration , Citizenship and Assimilation

August 23, 2020

Some antiimmigrant claim that immigrants lower the wages and displace native workers. This argument is usually made in the context of lower income migrants. While we do not believe that is often the case, the Florida Cuban experience is just one example, to make the make racist claim stick one would have to argue that racism is correlated with income. That the poorer you are the more likely to be racist. But that suggests instead that the argument against migration in an economic one , not necessarily a racial one. Again, here we go back to the reaction of residents of the western states to the Californication or gentrification of their neighborhoods and states. Income not, race is the big divide. The California expats have the same ethnicity as those who oppose them. They complain that the expats bid up the real estate price that displaces the state’s residents. That sounds like an economic , not a racial argument. Another complaint is that the transplants want to turn their locality into New CA and the residents disagree. Again, this sound like a difference in values and not race as the main drivers of an anti-immigrant sentiment. While many racists hold antiimmigrant views , the converse is not always true. There are legitimate reasons as to why non-racists groups may oppose immigration.

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