One of the many unhelpful gifts to the republic from the right wing has been to make it virtually impossible to have a sane discussion about immigration.
Thus, Donald Trump's anti-immigrant ravings are resonating with the most extreme "white nationalists." Arizona has offered some of the most odious examples of bigotry, hate and hypocrisy.
But there is — dare I say it? — a "national conversation" to be had.
It has little to do with the Mexican illegal immigrants, although it must be admitted that immigration legal and illegal in the 2000s was the largest wave to hit the United States in history, greater even than the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It carried costs and benefits still being debated.
Nor is my concern about Anglos becoming a minority by 2040 if current trends continue. The automobile, sprawl, oligarchs and their agenda, the "market" degrading everything good to make a quick buck — all this has done more to destroy American civilization than brown people.
The issue is more about the future.