As the US rolls out the welcome mat for Ukrainian refugees, some see a double standard at the border | CNN
Ukrainian families at the US-Mexico border are getting the chance to do something most asylum-seeking migrants haven’t been allowed to do for years: cross legally into the United States.
I once did a little research on the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and the one thing that everyone involved said loudly was that it wouldn’t change the ethnic composition of the US, that is, it was strongly biased toward European immigration. Well, that didn’t work out, and all the evidence is the average voter is unhappy about it. So it’s a bit disingenuous noting that there are double standards in immigration, when pretty much everybody knows that those double standards are quite popular.
A more subtle aspect is that the Ukrainian refugees can be clearly identified as propelled by a short-term effect that is unlikely to be long-term. There was a similar effect when Muslim refugees from the Middle East started moving into Europe, in that the first wave was treated relatively decently. But eventually the public perception was that the supply was endless because people were motivated by the baseline difference of quality of life between the Middle East and Europe, and the politics shifted toward absolute prohibition.