That piece has been talked about a surprising amount in the press, and the coverage by professional journalists has been very thoughtful and smart. The best part is that some have taken our historical data and compared it directly to the contemporary situations of immigrants in their communities — in Milwaukee, Toronto, Phoenix. That last-mentioned article, here, was particularly good, by Daniel Gonzalez in the Arizona Republic. But there's one unsettling bit:
Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, doubts the validity of [the] study.Merriam-Webster's 11th defines 'fabrication' this way – this is the complete definition, emphasis in the original:
"I think it's a fabrication," he said.
1 : the act or process of fabricatingThe second is the relevant meaning here, so this is a serious charge. If it were true, I'd be in trouble for violating academic standards. Just for the record, the results are real; the key data are drawn from the 1910 US Census, which is readily available for now-State-Senator-elect Pearce (pictured above) to review for himself. My guess is that he simply suggested we were engaging in academic misconduct without looking at the paper. To give him a chance, I sent Pearce a copy of our paper, but haven't heard back.
2 : a product of fabrication; especially: LIE, FALSEHOOD
It makes you wonder what standards lawmakers are held to in their public pronouncements. Oh wait, we KNOW the answer to that.
Image from here.