Bush hack turned Washington Post hack Michael Gerson - at that link trying to push for Bush's immigration "reform" by calling the GOP base names - offers "Homespun Meets Hard-Line". Like yesterday's WaPo editorial he turns on Mike Huckabee because of the latter's new (supposed) tough stance on illegal immigration. A full discussion of everything wrong with the column isn't worth the time, however I will note this:
Contrast [a Jim Gilchrist statement] with Huckabee speaking in Little Rock at a meeting of Hispanic civil rights leaders two years ago: "I would hope that no matter who we are, or where we are from, that America should always be a place that opens its spirit to people who come because they want the best for their families." And Huckabee has accompanied his choice of new friends with an immigration plan that would require 12 million illegal immigrants to return home before applying for permanent status -- a completely unrealistic approach borrowed from anti-immigration activists.
I believe the "meeting of Hispanic civil rights leaders" Gerson is refering to is the one that featured not only the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) but Tyson Foods as well. LULAC is a once-mainstream, now-radicalized racial power group. They were at the National Latino Congreso, the spoke out in favor of bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, and their national treasurer even parroted the "the border crossed us" line (basically denying the U.S.'s territorial claims). They might also end up being involved in a class action against Tyson Chicken; the attorney in that case says Gerson's "civil rights" group might have conspired with Tyson Chicken to help them hire illegal aliens.
As for Huck's plan, the 120 days is unworkable, but since releasing the plan he's stated that those who left could come back within "days, maybe weeks".
Immigration2007b · Fri, 12/14/2007 - 10:54 · Importance: 1