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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

CONSERVATIVES GEARING UP FOR CIVIL WAR OVER IMMIGRATION

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Pro-immigration advocates can come from the conservative movement just as they can come from the liberal camp. And just as there is an internal battle on the left (labor protectionists often seize on anti-immigration positions), there is also a battle on the right between the pro-business, small government advocates and the xenophobic America first crowd who usually couch their arguments in terms of law and order (though if you dig a little, you'll find that these folks are usually against liberalizing rules to make legal immigration easier).



Right wing Talkradionews.com reports on efforts by a Latino group to attract conservative support:

American Principles Project (APP) Senior Fellow Alfonso Aguilar, the former Chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship under George W. Bush, announced a new initiative from his organization to reach for the Latino vote and promote for immigration reform.
 
"This initiative sets to promote conservative values and ideals among the hispanic community, but also to integrate Latinos into fuller participation in the broader conservative movement," said Aguilar Tuesday.
 
According to a statement released by APP, the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles dual mission is to first acquire greater Latino support for conservative causes and candidates, and to encourage the conservative movement to support polices that are welcoming of immigrants.
 
"The conservative movement has to open itself up to Latinos, and that means that they have to understand the values and aspirations and see that they are very similar to the values and aspirations of regular Americans," said Aguilar. "Immigration is that issue that prevents the conservative movement from gaining sizable support from the Latino community."

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    True Conservatives favor legal immigration and liberalizing legal immigration while rednecks and racists dont. In the first category are Senators Graham, Gregg and McCain, while in the latter category are Vitter, DeMint and Sessions and yes, folks like Tancredo, Blackburn and Bachman.
  2. Jim's Avatar
    With uncertainties on CIR, can America's Healthcare system afford to wait for it in 2011 or 2012? I also think there will still be a HC reform enacted this year in one form or another and whatever form it eventually becomes I am sure the end effect is there will be more people insured. And what good is insuring millions of people if there is a current nursing shortage and half will be getting out within 3 years or once the economy improves. Add in those nurses that delayed their retirements to jack up their pensions, 401(k)s or 403(b)s that will finally retire as soon as they re-couped their losses.

    There are also no signs of improving domestic nursing course admissions (it's even slowing down).

    And what will happen to these nursing unions if a significant number of their members will be leaving soon and no one filing the void at the foreseeable future?? These unions should wise up.

    That's a lot of lost dues and possibly even clout.

    A separate bill to loosen up immigration restrictions for nurses should be strongly considered and not wait for CIR in 2011 or 2012. By that time it will be too late.


    http://www.visalaw.com/blog_hc/blog_hc.html

    http://blogs.ilw.com/carlshusterman/2010/02/universal-health-care-without-nurses.html
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    I think this will be the same inflight movie that has been going on in the republican party, the Tea Party v. the other republicans, still trying to find out who is more conservative that the other. I do not think that Hispanics would seriously look at the republicans or conservatives even though they do hold some similar values as to family, religion and other things. The republicans are too much damaged goods to them , just look at California after Pete Wilson and the prop 187. The hispanics in California still hold a grudge and this was back in the early 90's.
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    "I do not think that Hispanics would seriously look at the republicans or conservatives even though they do hold some similar values as to family, religion and other things."

    If the choice comes down to protecting an unborn child versus protecting myself from racist who want to screw me over for skin color, the choice is obvious, dont you think? The real fight will be in Indian between Dan Coats and the racist white skin worshipping John Hostettler, who is masquerading as a Christian!
  5. LFWF's Avatar

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/19/AR2010021902615.html?hpid=moreheadlines

    Republicans look to gain traction with Hispanic voters
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/233842

    Greg,

    an interesting piece on Europe, but there are some things Americans can do...

    "Businesses across Europe are already facing severe shortages of engineers, technicians, craftspeople, and other skilled professionals, with 4 million unfilled jobs across the continent. "Every one of our clients in Europe has positions they can't fill because of continentwide shortages," says Barbara Beck, European head of the employment service Manpower. And the problem will only worsen as the job market recovers."

    Are we going to attract these European jobs to US or drive away US jobs through measures taken by Grassley and racists such as Sessions, and allow Singapore, Canada and Australia to attract these jobs?
  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Civil war... interesting choice of words. I wonder if they are going to fight themselves, or hire Mexicans to do that, too ;-)
  8. Todd's Avatar
    "True Conservatives favor legal immigration and liberalizing legal immigration while rednecks and racists dont. In the first category are Senators Graham, Gregg and McCain, while in the latter category are Vitter, DeMint and Sessions and yes, folks like Tancredo, Blackburn and Bachman."

    And that's a compete load of BS.

    "Civil war... interesting choice of words. I wonder if they are going to fight themselves, or hire Mexicans to do that, too ;-)"

    Ahhh, no. We're not the pussies that the left are.
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