Saturday, July 24, 2010
Be Aware of the Restrictionist Use of "Clean" Environmental Arguments for "Enforcement Now, Enforcement Forever" Policies
Bill Hing posted a story about the Center for New Community's new report Apply the Brakes: A Report on Anti-immigrant Co-optation and the Environmental Movement, which explores how anti-immigrant forces have corrupted the dialogue on population and the environment, and examines the anti- immigrant environmentalist network that has influenced the environmental movement. For those of you who have been suspicious of the restrictionist infiltration of the environmental movement, this is the report for you. The Federation for American Immigration Reform frequently makes environmental arguments for new immigration restrictions. Recall the debate in the Sierra Club a few years ago over immigration. Environmentalism is often used by restrictionists to attempt to sanitize and legitimize their restrictionist rhetoric and ends.