Shikha Dalmia on Foreign Kids and America's Huckleberry Finn Problem


Border Kids

Hardline immigration opponents are marching in the streets demanding that the unaccompanied foreign kids arriving at our doorstep be "returned to sender." This, they say, is necessary to protect our borders. But these kids are refugees of America's drug war that respects no nation's borders or sovereignty.

America is experiencing arguably its worst spasm of nativism since the early 20th Century. But calls to enforce a cruel borderline, notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia, will run into the Huckleberry Finn problem. Just as the argument that blacks be kept in chains because slavery was the law of the land lost, so will nativism.