Jeffrey Cohen, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Ohio State University, is an expert on Mexican-U.S. migration. In an interview published in his university’s faculty and staff newspaper, he critiques Arizona’s new immigration law, SB1070.
U.S.-Mexican border, by Flick user Nathan Gibbs, creative commons licensed.
Cohen argues that such a law is unjust, inefficient and actually irrational given the demand for labor in the United States.
On this side of the fence, Cohen says that U.S. citizens who support SB1070 have to walk away from thinking that immigrants are all bad news.