Of all the consequences that would result from amnesty, one that hasn’t been discussed enough is the expansion of affirmative action.
Affirmative action takes existing racial grievances, institutionalizes them, and then magnifies them. As Shelby Steele noted, affirmative action encourages “a victim-focused identity in minorities” and fosters “a parasitic diversity industry” .
Affirmative action policies will benefit minority immigrants, and minority immigrants will naturally support affirmative action policies. How do we know? Because Hispanics are telling pollsters so.
Sixty-five percent of Hispanics believe that affirmative action should be used to ensure that more Hispanics get to college or university, and 68% support affirmative action in employment, according to a 2011 Angus Reid opinion poll. A 2012 Georgetown University poll showed that 63% of young Hispanics (18-24) support affirmative action to “redress past discrimination,” along with 75% of young blacks, but only 19% of whites .
Of course, making up for past discrimination doesn’t apply to people whose ancestors never set foot in this country, but fairness was never the goal of racial preferences; former Democratic Senator James Webb famously noted that affirmative action simply favors “anyone who does not happen to be white.”