What do you get when you combine the two things conservatives seem to hate most, the French and immigrants in violation of the law (or at least some bureaucratic rule)? An odd silence.
Matt points out the interesting hypocrisy of those who support the efforts of the Zirottis to remain in Montana, but rail against
other illegal immigrants. Like the Zirottis, many of these immigrants provide valuable service to our country. In fact, one might suggest that they are more critical than fine French dining.
So where is the outrage? Could it be skin color? European background? Sure, those matter, but the more obvious answer is that it is easier to demonize a group of people than individuals. Images of 12 million illegals streaming over the border are meant to frighten us into acquiescence. People aren’t naturally racist or ethnocentric; the power of individual relationships across races and nationalities makes that clear. Would we be so likely to demand the deportation of illegal aliens if we knew them as we knew the Zirottis?