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Behind the discordant tones

The Arizona Republic article "Successor must know border issues" was written before the announcement of Bernie Kerik as the new head of the DHS, so it's a little out of date. Nevertheless, in the process of discussing the "re-education" of the new head of DHS to understand border issues, they give us an invaluable peek into the little world of the Arizona Republic. The article has three quote sources, as follows:

...Of those being mentioned as successors, Shadegg said Asa Hutchinson, who is Ridge's deputy for border and transportation security, would be a "fantastic choice" and a "tremendous asset for Arizona" because he knows border issues... [Oh boy does he -- LW]

...Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., agreed that Ridge's replacement may have be "re-educated" about immigration enforcement and border issues facing Arizona. But he doesn't expect efforts launched under Ridge to be abandoned...

...Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, said President Bush likely will appoint someone to replace Ridge who shares the president's commitment for immigration reform, including pursuing a guest-worker program that would make increased border enforcement more plausible by allowing more foreign workers to enter the country legally.

"Plausible" indeed. The only question is, who's Freudian slip is that?

Immigration2004 · Thu, 12/02/2004 - 23:26 · Importance: 1