Anti-Immigrant Krikorian and Malkin Draw Criticism from Own Side

Recently, anti-immigrant activists Mark Krikorian and Michelle Malkin commented on the causes of the current financial crisis. Krikorian, of the Center for Immigration Studies, juxtaposed the downfall of Washington Mutual with its competitive diversity policies and programs, insinuating that minority employees were responsible for the bank’s failure.1 Malkin took a different, but just as illogical argument.
You’ve heard a lot about Fannie/Freddie and the minority lending shakedowns, but you haven’t heard most commentators/analysts on either the left or the right talk about the massive illegal alien mortgage racket — a topic I’ve reported on for the past five years. That’s because fault lies at the feet of the crime-enabling banking industry and the ethnic lobbyists and the illegal alien-enabling Bush administration.2
They’re far-fetched theories have gotten the attention of fellow conservative and UCLA professor Stephen Bainbridge, who comments: “Some of my fellow conservatives are not only embarrassing themselves during the financial crisis, they’re embarrassing the rest of us who share that label.” He continues:
There’s a lot of room for legitimate criticism of the bailout and there’s a lot of room for partisan point-making to ensure that the public remembers that the Democrats bear more than their fair share of the blame for this mess, but the raving of people like Malkin and Krikorian should be taking place in a padded room in Arkham Asylum not in the public discourse.

Put simply, the freezing up of the credit markets doesn’t have anything to do with either affirmative action or illegal immigration, and people who believe it does are on a par with the conspiracy theorists who think fluoridation is a Chicom plot.3
1. Mark Krikorian, "Cause and Effect?" The Corner, National Review, 26 Sept 2008
2. Michelle Malkin, "Kill the bailout: Illegal immigration and the mortgage mess,", 24 Sept 2008
3. Stephen Bainbridge, "They Make You Embarrassed to be a Conservative,”, 26 Sept 2008

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