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February 12: Dara Lind, Senior Reporter, Vox.com, lecture “American backlash: Why the anxiety over immigration is so powerful”
February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The LeFrak Forum and Symposium on Science, Reason, & Modern Democracy in association with the Reason Foundation present Dara Lind, Senior Reporter, Vox.com, who will deliver a lecture titled “American Backlash: Why the anxiety over immigration is so powerful.”
Anti-immigration backlash is properly understood as a response not to broader economic or even demographic trends, but to events — and the media attention that ensues. It’s powerful because it taps into anxiety that American values are being upended or disrespected by those coming in; it’s hard to accommodate by a liberal political consensus, or by legislative deal-making, because it exposes the harsh truth that the things one values most about America aren’t always compatible with the things that the newcomers value.
The good news: there are some (perhaps unexpected) overlaps between the desires of liberal immigration reformers and the values immigration skeptics are anxious to uphold, which means that — in theory — there’s some “low-hanging fruit” in terms of policy change. The bad news: it’s impossible to design a policy regime that totally prevents any possible backlash, and trying to neutralize the backlash is more likely to harm – than help — the people most dis-served by the status quo.