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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

IMMIGRATION COULD BE A "REVERSE" WEDGE ISSUE FOR DEMS

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In an amazing turn of the tables, Republicans are growing increasingly concerned that Democrats will attempt to pass immigration reform this year in order foster an internal split on the right. Since Prop 187 was passed in California in 1994, Republicans have often tried to use the immigration issue as a way to energize right wing voters and get them to oppose Democrats who are pro-immigration.

Three op-ed pieces discuss that issue just in the last day. Michael Barone of the right wing American Enterprise Institute in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News co-host Morton Kondracke in Congressional Quarterly and left-wing Mother Jones all discuss the prospect of Democrats trying to solidify their long term support from Democrats. The risk is that immigration reform will fail and may not come up again for years. Of course, we could find ourselves waiting years only to lose again instead of moving on to passing key parts of the reform bill in smaller chunks. A very hard strategic choice.

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  1. Ramon's Avatar
    ?rale

    Like I said the dems really don't want to pass CIR. Maybe the thinking goes this way: the Latino voters will stick with the dems in large numbers as long as they are frustrated with repeated CIR failures vis-?-vis Republicans. If CIR ever actually passes, then a year or two later, Latinos would slowly forget what the dems did for them and defect to the Republican camp. After all, if it weren't for the CIR distortion, Latinos in general tend to be socially conservative (read Republican leaning) voters. Case in point: George W Bush had great success at courting Latinos.

    Let's face it. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is making empty threats when it says Latino voters will stay home if CIR does not pass. So what? The dems have already prepared to loose a few house seats this year anyway. And the dems have a far better chance of retaining latino voters in the long run, if they just keep hitting the CIR pi?ata without actually ever cracking the pi?ata open. Because once the candy spills over, everyone gets their share and leaves!
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    A piecemeal approach would be smart ad strategic however what it does not do is deliver the political victory that politicians can claim at the campaign trail, since politicians only act on self-interest its hard to see them going fort he smart and strategic option, they haven't so far what has changed?
  3. gg's Avatar
    immigrants to be eligible for green cards within 3 months if bill becomes law - schumer
  4. Jim's Avatar
    "immigrants to be eligible for green cards within 3 months if bill becomes law - schumer"

    GG, please post the link. Thanks.

    Is he talking about the undocumenteds? What about those waiting 3-5 years or more for the GC? I hope they get first in line.
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