Affirmative Action and Immigration: Can They Coexist?

Daniel Akst, Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2012

Affirmative action is in the news again. The Supreme Court is mulling a case involving racial preferences at the University of Texas, and this weekend’s Saturday essay in the Wall Street Journal looked at “The Unraveling of Affirmative Action.”

One dimension of this debate that is sometimes overlooked involves the ways immigration and affirmative action interact. The late historian and political scientist Hugh Davis Graham tackled this subject head on in an enlightening and prescient little book entitled “Collision Course: The Strange Convergence of Affirmative Action and Immigration Policy in America” (Oxford, 2003), which is briefly reviewed here.

Given the nature of 21st century immigrants (most are from Asia and Latin America), Graham saw affirmative action and immigration as being at odds and predicted that, while relatively high rates of immigration are probably here to stay, affirmative action was less likely to endure in a context of shifting rationales and a nation of ever-greater diversity.

Readers, what do you think? Should immigrants be entitled to the advantages of affirmative action? Are immigration and affirmative action mutually antagonistic in a democratic culture, or mutually reinforcing? On what practical basis might affirmative action be carried forward, if it should continue at all?

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  • Puggg

    Not only can they co-exist, but they must.  Any society that wants this level of non-white immigration will also have affirmative action for minorities.

    • The__Bobster

      Do the number of people who qualify for AA outnumber those who don’t yet?

  • Non-white immigrants to the West should be entitled to EVERYTHING because if we don’t “help them up” they won’t be able to contribute to our society and will become a burden.  This logic is similar to the idea that one needs a night job to afford the Starbucks Espresso to keep him awake for his night job.

  • Jed Sant Devi

    His question is meaningless. 

    Both AA and Immigration are highly weaponized anti White privilege tactics.  Whether they are at odds or not just doesn’t matter, because both are more powerful than us and will grow even stronger.

  • MekongDelta69

    No illegal aliens. No affirmative action. No quotas. No special rights for ‘perpetually oppressed’ groups. No free handouts to minorities just because they’re minorities.Period.

    • The__Bobster

      No minority immigrants period. They all qualify for AA, even though they were never “victims of discrimination”. 

  • JohnEngelman

    Initially affirmative action was seen as a temporary policy to overcome racial discrimination. Now it is advocated as a permanent entitlement for any racial group with low average IQs.

  • IKantunderstand

    Oh man, I am SO confused. I thought race was a “social construct”. And yet, infirmative action appears to be based on this ephemeral definition of race. Make up my mind. This entire structure is based on a house of cards. (Mixed metaphors, love it!) It’s simple: coloreds can’t compete in a meritocracy, ergo: they will ALWAYS require infirmative action. So, based on the immigrants we allow in and don’t allow in, but come in anyway, there will ALWAYS be infirmative action. Unless, things change… 

  • humura

    Graham’s informed work was published in 2002, and he died shortly after.  He seemed to predict the end of AA because of the “convergence.”  Yet, in 2003, Republican Reagan appointee to the US Supreme Court was the deciding vote to continue AA.  The elites of the US favor AA just as they favor globalization.  Quotas can continue, as can anti-white discrimination.  It hardly effects the rich elite, for their children will probably get into the Ivy League anyway.  And they won’t need a scholarship.
    The bigger question is why has the elite waged war against whites in America for the past 5 decades?——Hugh Murray

    • Germanacus

      Quite simply because the elites do not have to live with the consequences of their own actions. Its easy to be a liberal under those conditions. May hell welcome them with open arms. Ted Kennedy is waiting for them.

  • Creation of a two-tier, Roman America – which properly resembles the latifundario societies of Latin America and Latium with its Aryan elite supported by a massive, miserable brown slave-class. Perhaps the Confederacy will have the last laugh after all…

  • Germanacus

    Affirmative action should be dismantled immediately. Non-White immigration should be stopped immediately.

    Know this: those in charge of US immigration and Naturalization have every demographic study at their fingertips. They are deliberately and with great precision meticulously replacing the White population. They know exactly what they are doing and are following a plan of action. Make no mistake. The intention is to end the US of A as a White nation. They are succeeding.

  • 1Forced_Registration

     A great number of places (including every single medical school I applied to) DO include women in that. One of them openly had a goal of 70% female 50% minority enrollment. You can guess how many slots that left for white men.

  • In getting rid of affirmative action, I think the best approach for us would be to first try to ban it for non-U.S. citizens.  There’s no reason why a foreign national should get special treatment over any American for hiring or university placement.  Going that route would have a few benefits for us–it’s easier to argue and offers whites plenty of benefits; and either (a) most African-Americans would not fight back as much, seeing as it wouldn’t affect them; or, alternatively (b) seeing American blacks coldly arguing that American whites should not only have to get behind them but foreign nationals as well would nicely destroy a significant amount of white support for AA.  In going continually after whitey, blacks are killing the goose that lays the golden egg for them, and that becomes highly evident in their heavy efforts to shove whites behind foreigners in addition to them.