For three decades, establishment Democrats and Republicans have led a bipartisan assault on immigrants, pulled further and further right by a vocal and organized group of nativists, turning the southern border region into a conflict zone, and breaking up millions of families in the process.
In Amnesty Now, Daniel Denvir delivers a caustic takedown of liberal triangulation on the border, show how concessions to "enforcement first," law and order immigration politics, hasn't placated the nativists. It has only inflamed them.
Establishment officials from both parties have allowed the rightwing to dictate our policy on migration, even as popular opinion clamors for a more humane and just approach. With the center collapsed, the left can demand full amnesty now, or cede the ground of national belonging to nativists and white supremacists.
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Daniel Denvir (Author)
Daniel Denvir is a fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute and host of The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin magazine. His journalistic work covers criminal justice, the drug war, immigration, and politics, and has appeared in the New York Times, ...