What we are reading: The hard truth for liberals

By New York Times (New York Times) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

James Traub in The New York Times echoes my views on liberals and refugees.  My position is far more nuanced than that of many of my fellow leftists. I do believe an extreme position that doesn’t consider the potential drawbacks of accepting refugees is unfortunately an easy driver of people who might be somewhere in the middle toward the likes of Donald Trump.

One of Traub’s points hits on this directly drawing on the British experience:

“That was the bitter lesson that British cosmopolites learned from Brexit. If the answer is to insist that the arrival of vast numbers of new people on our doorstep is an unmixed blessing, and that those who believe otherwise are Neanderthals, then we leave the field wide open to Donald J. Trump and Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen.”

The entire op-ed can be found here. 

One comment

  1. Bruce Borkosky · · Reply

    A study was done subsequent to the Mariel Boatlift. The study found no significant difference to the economy as a result of the new arrivals. There was an initial cost of about $14,000 per refugee, but then that was made up when the refugees obtained jobs and started purchasing supplies.

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