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  • By the author of The Conservative Resurgence and the Press: The Media’s Role in the Rise of the Right and of Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present. A former journalist with a Ph.D. in journalism, history and political science, McPherson is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association and a board member for the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media.

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Posts Tagged ‘Arizona immigration law’

Why Arizona’s immigration law is a good idea

Posted by James McPherson on June 4, 2010

As one of my favorite conservative readers notes in a comment, Arizona Republicans “do seem intent on looking like racists.” Still, most Americans apparently join Arizonans in approving of that state’s new immigration bill, and obviously they aren’t all bigots (even if the governor there is an idiot, far from uncommon there).

But since the bill will cost the state millions–or billions–of dollars even aside from the boycotts and lawsuits it prompts, and since immigration actually seems to reduce crime rather than increase it, who would think it’s a good idea? Well, besides tourism-related businesses in other states and Democrats, it appears that Big Oil, gay couples and drug dealers all could benefit. I’m sure those are exactly the folks Arizona Republicans most wanted to help out.

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