Cognitive Dissonance Still Drives the Immigration Debate
A number of times in the past, FAIR has pointed out that advocates for unlimited mass migration have a tendency to skew towards cognitive dissonance – the belief that two contradictory propositions are true. That alarming propensity seems to increase with each day that President Trump is in office.A recent piece by the Marshall Project is a perfect example. Hyperbolically titled “Sending Even More Immigrants to Prison,” it advances the ridiculous notion that all immigration enforcement is a symptom of xenophobia, rather than a legitimate policy choice. Then it makes two wildly incongruous claims:
- First, the article states that the United States has always been tough on illegal immigration, prosecuting large numbers of illegal aliens for improper entry.
- Then the piece suggests that the Trump administration’s decision to continue using federal criminal prosecutions as a deterrent to illegal migration constitutes some type of radical change in policy.
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