IMMIGRATION….Brendan Nyhan has a cool map at his site showing the impact of Hispanic immigration on Iowa, most of it centered around the meatpacking plants in the state. It’s an interesting data point that lends support to the idea that concern about immigration has spiked recently because it’s increasingly affecting areas that have never experienced significant immigration before, rather than being confined primarily to border states like California and Texas. You can read more about that phenomenon in “My New Kentucky Home,” from the January issue of the Monthly.

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