Cartoon: An Immigrant in District 13

By Anthony | April 24th, 2006 | 12:51 am

Cartoon: An Immigrant in District 13

Next week, three North Carolina Republicans face off for a shot at taking on Brad Miller in the race for U.S. House District 13. One of them is Vernon Robinson, who doesn’t seem to care for illegal immigrants. Ironically, Robinson doesn’t live in District 13.

There’s already a lively discussion about the cartoon over at Ed Cone’s blog. You’ll see an example there of a theme I’ve noticed among some conservatives lately: If you criticize a how a conservative politician speaks about immigration, it means that you want open borders and deny that there’s any immigration problem in our country. That sort of simplistic, black-and-white attitude doesn’t tend to further the conversation any. I agree that there is a problem, but a big part of Robinson’s “solution” seems to be stirring up fear and resentment against illegal immigrants. Unfortunately, doing that is only going to cause additional problems, and doesn’t really address the cause of the situation. As Ed said in the comments on that thread, “You are cursing the water on the floor, oblivious to the hand on the tap.”

11 Responses to “Cartoon: An Immigrant in District 13”

  1. darkmoon Says:

    Love it. Very amusing, especially the irony.

  2. sean coon Says:

    great start, anthony!

  3. Chip Atkinson Says:

    is that a beer or a soda that guy’s drinking? great start!

  4. Jay Ovittore Says:

    This made my Sunday morning. Looking forward to more great work.

  5. Laurie Says:

    Congratulations, Stew! Hope you’re on your way to fame and fortune – you’ve definitely got the talent.

  6. BrendaBowers Says:

    Great cartoon! Look forward to more.
    There is only one “simple” solution to the problem of illegal immigration and that is to re-enforce the border patrol, perhaps even building a partial fence. After that the solutions to the problem get very complicated. Rounding up and deporting 12 million illegal immigrants is however an impossibility. When a politician utters that phrase I turn him off and write him off.

  7. Ken Says:

    Nice job, Anth!

    BTW, some of those people debating your cartoon on that site you link to seem a bit nuts….

  8. PotatoStew Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

    Chip: I think it must be beer – he looks pretty relaxed.

    Laurie: I don’t know about fame and fortune, but I’ll settle for strange looks from passers-by and a little extra money for doughnuts.

    Brenda: That may be part of a solution, but I kind of feel like cracking down on employers who hire illegally would have a larger effect. If illegal immigrants can’t get hired as easily, it may reduce their incentive to risk a border crossing. As for deportation, you’re probably right. It wouldn’t be feasible.

  9. David Boyd Says:

    Clever. You set the bar high.

  10. PJ Puryear Says:

    Wonderful! You have our staff in tears. Hope you don’t mind if we drive some traffic to your site…

  11. PotatoStew Says:

    PJ: Traffic is good… thanks!