Steve Chapman on Why the Right Shifted on Immigration

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Ronald Reagan didn't so much accept immigrants as smother them with kisses. When he announced his presidential candidacy in 1979, he called for closer ties with Mexico and Canada: "It is time we stopped thinking of our nearest neighbors as foreigners." As president, he said providence had deliberately placed the United States "between the two great oceans, to be found by a special kind of people from every corner of the world." Clearly, writes Steve Chapman, the party has undergone a transformation since his day.

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