...Bush aides and senior Republican strategists say that taking a hard-line stance against illegal immigration risks alienating Latino voters, just as California's 1994 campaign for Proposition 187, which GOP then-Gov. Pete Wilson supported, helped turn California into a Democrat-dominated state.So? Ending illegal immigration doesn't imply ending immigration. Perhaps someone should make that point.
...Pullen withdrew his resolution Friday after the full committee voted almost unanimously to side with Bush, urged on by a series of speeches by committee members who said they or their relatives were immigrants...
Cultural conservatives charge that illegal immigrants are taking U.S. jobs. But businesses, another key piece of the GOP donor base, rely on immigrant labor.How many lies can you spot in that one paragraph? Not all "cultural conservatives" oppose illegal immigration, and nowhere near all opponents of illegal immigration are "cultural conservatives". And, those who oppose II have other claims than just taking jobs. And, only a small percentage of businesses rely on "immigrant" labor, with some mainly relying on the illegal variety.
...Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman told reporters that allowing workers from abroad to work legally in the U.S. was the only way to control the flow across the border...Obviously, controlling the flow is well within our grasp. It would, however, take a GOP leadership that wasn't corrupt to its core.
"The question is not 'Is there an issue?' -- the question is 'How you deal with it?' and I think we have to deal with it in a comprehensive way -- we don't have to deal with it in a way that's anti-immigrant," said party Chairman Ken Mehlman, who said the resolution "reflected where the president was."There are basically only two groups calling moves to stop illegal immigration "anti-immigrant": the Democrats, and the GOP leadership. Obviously, that claim is false. If the GOP leadership weren't corrupt, it would work to show how false that claim is.
Immigration · Sat, 01/21/2006 - 13:11 · Importance: 1