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When politicians link immigrants to disease, the science just doesn’t add up

The demonizer is perhaps the most persistent misuse of science
that politicians have engaged in across U.S. history. The fear
of immigrants
has been a common theme since the early days of Ellis
Island—and even before—and there are examples of misstatements
about disease
and immigration from various points since.

Moving backward through history, we can see that politicians
have repeated, time and again, the idea that immigrants are
bringing over every disease that happens to be in the news.
Here’s former presidential adviser, 1992 and 1996 presidential
candidate, and noted racist Pat Buchanan going for the
demonizer grab bag:

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