Friday, February 01, 2013

Immigration Line Fallacy

This Washington Post article makes a great point. Anyone who argues that undocumented immigrants needs to go to "the back of the line" need to admit that the line can sometimes be a generation long. There are a jaw dropping 4.5 million people in line. The article has a nice interactive graphic to show how many years different categories of immigrants in different countries have to wait. It can get as long as 24 years.

I've complained in the past about the "line" fallacy here, here, and here. Add millions more to a broken line and it basically ceases to exist in any meaningful way.


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