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Politico's Jonathan Martin explores the short term attraction and long term peril of the GOP's embrace of the anti-immigrant movement. He specifically discusses the subject in relation to the governor's race in California:

The logic is clear: the new hard-line Arizona law,
widely popular among the sort of Republicans that dominate this state's
GOP primaries, and Poizner's unrelenting focus on the broader issue,
forced Whitman to engage on a topic she was hoping to avoid.

But so are the risks. Some operatives and analysts regard her strategy
as the political equivalent of biting into forbidden fruit --
tantalizing at the moment but potentially fatal in a general-election
matchup with Jerry Brown.

In the mean time, Connie Mack, the former Republican US Senator from Florida, writes a good piece in the Washington Post making the conservative case against the Arizona law:

The Arizona immigration law reminds us of how fear and distrust can
lead to bad laws and even more government overreach into the private
sector and our private lives.

Illegal immigration poses clear security risks to our nation and is a cancer on our economic well-being.

The Obama administration and previous administrations have failed to
secure our border. While the announcement of additional National Guard
troops at the border is a good first step, the federal government must
do more to secure our borders -- both north and south -- now.

But trampling on the rights of some Americans to protect the majority conflicts with the values our nation was founded upon.

Our Constitution protects individual freedoms and liberties. Nowhere
does this document speak of protecting the majority over the minority.
Anger about the economy, increased crime and security concerns are
fueling this law, not constitutional principles.

Conservatives' most important responsibility is to remember to
protect freedom, liberty and the rights of every citizen. The Arizona
immigration law doesn't do that, and that's why I oppose it.

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