As an immigrant to America, a voter of a nation-state and as a practicing Hindu, I observe no contradiction in these three identities. I am however, dismayed at how many people view these issues with mutual exclusiveness, and expect people to be on one side of the fence or the other. Those on the right root for strong borders with strict immigration restrictions, deportation of illegals and the like. Those on the left root for open borders, free immigration, citizenship for illegals and the like. America is building a wall on the Mexican border, India and a host of other countries are erecting fences. Bush is thinking of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants and is facing opposition from his own party.
This article seeks to analyze why both camps are right on some counts for the wrong reasons, and wrong on most other counts.