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Edward Grant (foreground) hails from Guilford, watches Fox News and listens to Rush Limbaugh. He thinks the borders of the United States ought to be controlled because otherwise the whole world will be pouring in and overwhelming us. After participating in an experiment in “civic dialogue,” Grant came around to feeling that New Haven’s municipal ID card—the kind of immigrant-friendly measure that drives his favorite media figures bonkers—is, after all, a pretty good idea.

“I didn’t know much about it,” he said, “but now I get it. Whatever they intended, I see that it’s a good thing, if only because it might prod the federal government, which has dropped the ball completely and is at a total standstill.”

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