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Michael R. Strain

Don't Demonize Immigrants, My Fellow Conservatives

Reagan spoke warmly of immigrants. So did Bush. Now xenophobia has infected the mainstream right.
That's more like it.

That's more like it.

Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Whenever I’d see George, the first thing I always noticed was his shoes. He loved Jordans. He must have had two dozen pairs. The bright colors contrasted with the uniform he wore at the restaurant he managed, adding personality.

George was great at his job. He knew what my wife and I wanted to drink without asking, and had the drinks at the table a few minutes after we’d sit down. He always made sure there was a table available for his regular customers. My family went to George’s restaurant for weeknight dinners, to celebrate new jobs and promotions, when family and friends came to visit, when we brought our baby son home from the hospital.