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Immigration Authoritarianism: New at Reason

Thursday, October 6, 2016 8:55
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Many of the #NeverTrump conservatives currently agonizing over the future of their party are deluding themselves over its past, writes Matt Welch. Republicans have been falling for immigration cons—and perpetrating many of their own—since long before the real estate outsider vaulted to the front of the GOP presidential field by accusing Mexico of “sending” to the U.S. “people that have lots of problems,” including the problem of being “rapists.” Years after Trump exits the political stage, Welch notes, conservatism’s leading lights will need to take a long, hard look at how they deliberately embraced a fact-untethered anti-immigration populism, thereby enabling some of the most authoritarian central planning this side of, well, Hillary Clinton.

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