How immigration makes us all irrational, by Dan Hannan.
The answer, I suspect, has to do with changes on the Left since the late 1960s — in particular the elevation of anti-racism as the supreme virtue, the card that trumps feminism, free speech, secularism and everything else.
There are people in Britain, as in the United States, who struggle to see past the color of the would-be migrants’ skins. A few of these people are white supremacists. Many more are well-meaning liberals who are so determined not to give succor to racists that they end up backing idiotic policies from a tribalism of their own.
In Britain, this means agitating to admit the boat people. In the United States, it means arguing that a gang of Hondurans who pitch up at the border should be allowed to elbow aside those who have applied properly and legally.