For ten years Rational Immigration has been saying that the best solution to the United States immigration issues is to allow lots of immigration while ensuring that most new immigrants don’t become burdens on society.
On immigration President Obama has acted legally and effectively. In their rhetoric against this new deferred action the anti-immigrant conservatives are to quote Macbeth: "Full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing."
In the 1970′sHenri Tajfela social psychologist at Bristol University conducted a series of amazing experiments about prejudice. What he learned was that ordinary people have an automatic bias toward “us” and against “them.” This applies even when the “us” is assigned randomly by the throw of a dice. Prejudice, he discovered, is cognitively deep-seated and is not a result of personality factors. Understanding this “in group” bias is helpful when devising strategies to counteract reflexive bias against immigrants who are almost always considered to be outsiders.