Would anyone at Anthropology News even be capable of a conversation on the cultural costs of illegal immigration? I read every issue’s obligatory article on heroic border crossers (Heroic for what? Being starved into drastic measures of appetite satiation? The never-ending search for bourgeois comfort?) while waiting for one person courageous enough to wonder why we are being bludgeoned with a narrative on immigration that never breaks free of economics or multicultural morality in seeking to understand the issue. That, however, is a moment of weakness. Then I remember that the purpose of anthropology is to buttress the state’s economic and multicultural conception of being human.