"Immigration issue yanked off GOP agenda"
Newsday has a report (link) similar to, but not as good as, the one in the previous post:
Even as Michael Bloomberg heralded New York's diversity Monday, President George W. Bush's controversial plan to put in place a temporary worker program is getting no major billing at the Republican National Convention.
The party's platform that was formally adopted by delegates at the Republican National Convention Monday briefly mentions Bush's call for granting temporary legal status to millions of undocumented workers. The proposal, viewed by many as a bid to woo growing ranks of Hispanic voters, met fierce opposition from party conservatives almost immediately.
"It seems very clear to us that the White House got the message. There just does not seem to be very much of an appetite there to pursue this," said John Kelley, a spokesman for the Center for Immigration Studies, a non-partisan think tank on immigration issues. "Is any single speaker going to mention the "I" word? I don't think so."
...In unveiling his proposal on Jan. 7 to kick off the election year, Bush gave no details and urged Congress to come up with specific legislation. The White House has since done little to advance the issue.
Apparently Newsday hasn't been watching the news. The Bush administration has made its generally Open Borders positions quite clear, even if it hasn't stressed the amnesty plan.
UPDATE: See also the Denver Post's "Unbowed, Tancredo keeps pushing immigration issue" (link). It includes this double helping of Kool-Aid flavored doublespeak:
"The Republican Party is our nation's majority party and represents individuals with many different ideologies," said Danny Lopez Diaz, Bush campaign spokesman for the Southwest region. "The president's ... balanced approach to reform will help create a safe, humane, orderly and legal program that meets homeland security needs and that of our 21st-century economy."
It's also opposed by the great majority of American citizens, but who are they to complain?