Blaming Others: What’s Really Behind the Talk about the Wall

Kudos to Amina Rahimi, a first year Harvard Medical Student.  She and I co-authored this piece on immigration in Psychology Today.  As the subtitle states:  “Our greatest threat is not immigrants. It is ourselves.”  Interesting that some of the early feedback we’ve received has skirted around some of the facts about immigrants–including undocumented immigrants– regarding employment, health care, or rates of crime and largely failed to mention the data about our own health habits.  I would ask folks to think about the 5 worst/hardest things that they have endured in their lives (loss of a job, a broken relationship, the death of a loved one, etc) and then remember that for almost all of us, undocumented immigrants had nothing to do with any of those things.

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