The misconception, which liberals like myself find tempting, is the fact that just the right has changed. In June 2015, we tell ourselves, Donald Trump rode straight straight down their golden escalator and pretty quickly nativism, very very long an attribute of conservative politics, had engulfed it. But that is not the story that is full. In the event that right has grown more nationalistic, the left has exploded less so. About ten years ago, liberals publicly questioned immigration in many ways that could surprise numerous progressives today.
In 2005, a left-leaning writer published, “Illegal immigration wreaks havoc economically, socially, and culturally; makes a mockery regarding the guideline of law; and it is disgraceful simply on fundamental fairness grounds alone.” In 2006, a liberal columnist composed that “immigration reduces the wages of domestic employees whom compete with immigrants” and that “the financial burden of low-wage immigrants can be pretty clear.” Their conclusion: “We’ll need certainly to lessen the inflow of low-skill immigrants.” That exact same 12 months, a Democratic senator composed, “When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, we often feel a flush of patriotic resentment.