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Bring it on

Posted by Sal on March 23, 2006

Harry Reid is threatening to filibuster a new law that makes it tough on illegal immigrants. The bill, by Sen. Bill Frist, would criminalize illegal immigration and tighten security on the boarders, because the Judiciary committee is stalling on the issue. Reid wants:

  • heightened border enforcement
  • Guest Worker program
  • A Path to citizenship for those illegals who are here already

Frist’s bill only includes the heightened border enforcement. Versions of the judiciary bill include a Guest Worker program, but no automatic path to citizenship.

My message to Harry Reid is Bring it on! Illegal immigration is a hot-button issue in this country that neither political party has successfully tapped. If Reid filibsuster’s this legislation, and Bill Frist successfully paints the Republicans as the tough-on-illegal-immigration party, the mid-term elections will look a whole lot better for Republicans.

4 Responses to “Bring it on”

  1. Gauvin said

    Our President has been awful on this issue. Wouldn’t it be something if he gets his act together only as a result of Harry Reid’s shenanigans?

    A united Republican base and Democrats trapped on the losing side of an issue. I’m probably getting ahead of myself but let’s see how this plays out.

  2. noonan said

    I take a different view. As much as O’Reilly and others say tough on immigration is such a winning issue, it would be detrimental to the GOP. The GOP NEEDS the Hispanic vote, which could be as large as 20% of the vote in 20 years time, or maybe more.

    1. If you’re the GOP, you do not want a divisive issue in the South, which is where the votes would primarily shift.

    2. Just because a majority supports a particular position on a given issue does not make that a “winning” issue to make into a platform. It depends on how strongly people feel about it on each side.

    3. Most importantly, what would ‘tough on immigration’ look like? It would have to be a well thought out policy, able to balance the human rights of illegals, the interests of citizens to not have the marketplace overflooded, etc. I like Bush’s approach now which does not condone illegal immigration but seems geared towards preventing the rights violations of those already here.

  3. Gauvin said

    I don’t think that 1990s paradigm is still in effect. Although combatting illegal immigration has always enjoyed majority support, the intesity of that support has increased in a post 9/11 world.

    The detrimental effect on the GOP with Hispanics during the 1990s occurred not because of the position against illegal immigration itself, but because the rhetoric seemed so pointed and targeted toward Hispanics. (Pat Buchanan being a great example “No way Jose”). Most hispanics oppose illegal immigration.

    Today the purposes of targeting illegal immigrants are improving national security as well law enforcement. The issue lacks the sting it did during the 1990s because of the changed world we live in.

    A large rmajority wants curbs on illegal immigration. Hispanics wants curbs on illegal immigration. The reasoning behind no longer has the racist overtones it once did. (it wasn’t racist then but hte perception was there. not anymore).

    It’s a winning issue and the GOP had better do something before the libs demogogue it to death.

  4. […] Yesterday I wrote about Illegal Immigration and how it was a winning issue for Republicans. One of our loyal readers responded that the Republican Party needed the Hispanic vote to survive, as Hispanics will soon make up at least 20% of the U.S. Population. That comment, while well thought out and certainly valid from a particular point of view, suffers from a false premise. The premise is that Hispanics will in general support Illegal Immigration. This is a myth. There are several vocal Hispanic groups that are in favor of Illegal Immigration, but the majority of Hispanics are in favor of increased border security, a crackdown on illegal immigrants, and denying of services to illegal aliens. An article by Ruben Navarrette Jr., of the San Francisco Chronicle (himself a Mexican-American) debunks the myth that Hispanic American’s support illegal immigration (or oppose tougher restrictions) en Masse. He sights several major polls to back up his claim. Among the results: […]

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