“Immigration restrictions are not inherently racist. Nor is border security,” The New York Times columnist David Leonhardt recently wrote.

But “the pro-restriction side in American politics has historically revolved around racism and still does today,” Leonhardt writes, with President Trump’s behavior “a throwback to an uglier era.” It’s an important fact “to acknowledge for anyone who wants to make a case — a non-racist case — for less immigration. …

“Will any political leader figure out how to make a principled case for less immigration, rather than simply a racist one? So far, the answer is no.”

Read Leonhardt’s full column here.

The Hard Immigration Questions