Federal plan against Asian invasion
As The New York Times reports, the U.S. government has presented a $78.5 million plan intended to block a hungry, huge, nonnative Asian population from invading the Great Lakes.
The Army Corps of Engineers is taking part in the operation against Asian carp, “known to take over entire ecosystems.” It includes “physical and sonar monitoring, faster testing, more nets, electric shocks and other measures.” But “Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan, a Democrat who attended the meeting, said the measures were inadequate. (…) ‘They just need to shut the locks down, at least temporarily.'”
It always strikes me how similar the language of animal nativism is to that of human xenophobia. Okay, so maybe diversity is good (though it’s curious that this assumption is never discussed). But why are “natives” always privileged? And are immigrants really as dangerous as bioxenophobes portray them?