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Friday, December 28, 2007


Racism disguised as "national security"

It's not really a surprise; Mike Huckabee says the situation in Pakistan is why the U.S. needs to build a fence on the Mexican border. It's hardly just Huckabee, although no one else may have (yet) tried to capitalize on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in exactly the same way; virtually every one of the Presidential candidates tries to cover their position on immigration by claiming it's all about "national security." But, strangely, not a single one of them to my knowledge, not even Tom Tancredo (no longer running), has called for a border fence to be built along the U.S.-Canada border. Funny, that.

Incidentally, not that I'm particularly worried about Pakistanis, some of whom are in fact my neighbors, but since Huckabee raised the issue, we should note there are an estimated 100,000 Pakistanis in Canada. The number in Mexico? 250.

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