The media likes to portray critics of immigration reform as bigoted tea partyers who are afraid an influx of foreigners will ruin their white privileged-based country. That narrative is grossly unfair and simplistic, but it makes for titillating reporting.
What much of the media refuses to report is that many immigration opponents are left-wingers who want to limit (or “stabilize”) America’s population growth as a way of protecting the environment.
High Country News reports:
Today a number of population stabilization groups are as committed as ever to stopping comprehensive immigration reform. They oppose bills like the one that passed in the Senate last year that would provide amnesty to 12 million undocumented people in this country and streamline the path to citizenship.
Washington DC-based NumbersUSA – a pro-stabilization group that has 1.5 million people on its email list and almost 800,000 Facebook fans – blitzed senators with phone calls and faxes during President George W. Bush’s 2007 push for immigration reform, which failed. The group has been cited as a key player in grassroots campaigning during last year’s battles of immigration reform as well.
The left-wing nature of immigration opposition makes many progressives – including those in the media – ill at ease, partly because they value diversity and don’t want to run the risk of being portrayed as anti-minority.