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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

FITZ: UNCHECKED IMMIGRANT BASHING IN THE GOP MAKES IMMIGRATION REFORM MORE LIKELY

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Marshall Fitz, advocacy director at the American Immigration Lawyers Association's annual meeting in Las Vegas that Democrats could see passing immigration reform as a chance to lock down the allegiance of the surging Hispanic electorate in the coming years. And Republicans who see the dangers of permanently losing millions of voters are more likely to get on board.

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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    The republicans do not seem to be able to come to terms with the changing demographics in the US, they just do not accept that they need to be more inclusive in their party affiliation. They are stuck to their Regan years and memories of the 80's.
  2. Gene's Avatar
    I can't think of a single ethnic minority that is made to feel at home in the republican party.
    Consider immigration. If republicans are only against amnesty and illegal immigration, and consistent with the values they espouse, they should surely support family unity, entrepreneurship, skilled immigration etc. Yet alas, in 2005-7, at a time of relative prosperity, with historically low unemployment, and control of both houses and the whitehouse, they could not pass a bill to help the hundreds of thousands of law abiding, upstanding immigrants that have been held in a bureaucracy and visa shortage created by the double standard of abundance of worker visas with immigrant intent and mismatch with permanent visas.
    I and my wife are well educated, we are relatively affluent, have strong family values, and are relatively conservative in our leanings, yet alas, if and when we get our citizenship, we would find it hard to be a registered republicans. I will always feel like this party tried its best to shut me out of my hard earned American dream, that they discriminated against me for some deep seated xenophobic cause, that they never felt me worthy of peership, this will be a perspective on that party that I will carry with me as long as I live. Ironically, I know and understand that America collectively is better than that, that is the very reason I persist with my dream. There are even rational parts of the party that are sensible, however collectively the party did not see it fit to put down the extreme wing of their party on this issue. The cold hard fact is that the republican party stands against ALL IMMIGRATION.
    My solitary vote may mean little, however let me assure readers here that the collective voice of millions of those who have walked a path similar to mine will matter, it will be truly sad for the republican party and probably for this country as well, but that will be the result of such short sightedness today.
    People do not forget that easily when they have been treated that way.
  3. Jay's Avatar
    GOP philosophy has shifted from fiscal conservatism to radical right wing agenda (read... racist agenda). The bills they have put forth recently are grounded in racist philosophy.
  4. Jim's Avatar
    "People do not forget that easily when they have been treated that way."

    You are right about that but you are not alone. There are many that will never forget. It's not that the Dems are winning the hearts and minds of people but the GOP is pushing everyone else out.

    This scenario also goes deep on the micro-level. New immigrants that knew people on their workplace or industry that are against them coming in or are have treated them badly also won't forget. This is happening in the IT industry and nursing industry.
  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Yet alas, in 2005-7, at a time of relative prosperity, with historically low unemployment, and control of both houses and the whitehouse, they could not pass a bill to help the hundreds of thousands of law abiding, upstanding immigrants that have been held in a bureaucracy and visa shortage created by the double standard of abundance of worker visas with immigrant intent and mismatch with permanent visas."

    If they did that, they would not be able to use the argument of "illegals are going to jump ahead of the patiently waiting legal immigratns, so it is wrong to have an amnesty" to stall the reform - would they? It has been their strategy all along - restrict the numbers, which will produce violations, and then use violations against increasing the numbers or even restricting them further.

    For fairness sake, however, not all Republicans are of that kin. As much as I dislike Bush, I believe he was sincere in his effort to help immigrants, both legal and illegal. Too bad, everything he touched turned into [censored].
  6. limbo's Avatar
    If amnesty is as popular with the American electorate as some here seem to be suggesting, why don't the Dems just be up front about it. Since they control the white house and congress, just announce their intentions to everyone, and then pass an amnesty bill using their strong majorities. Simple, right? Why all the GOP bashing when they not in power anyway?

    Also, to say there are no anti-immigration protectionist forces on the left would be absurd in my opinion. You guys are all coming across as a bunch of partisan whiners.

    Another Voice said: "They are stuck to their Regan years and memories of the 80's."

    Ummm...reality check, wasn't it Reagan who signed the "1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act" that gave amnesty to millions?
  7. Jim's Avatar
    "If amnesty is as popular with the American electorate as some here seem to be suggesting, why don't the Dems just be up front about it. Since they control the white house and congress, just announce their intentions to everyone, and then pass an amnesty bill using their strong majorities. Simple, right? Why all the GOP bashing when they not in power anyway? "

    You make good points. However, the Dems are being up front about it. Both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid keep reiterating their support and preference for CIR to be done this year. Obama as well.

    Question is will they actually do it and match their rhetoric with actions.

    I say be careful what you ask for, it may just happen. If it doesn't then that's the time everyone can can bash the Dems this time. But until we do not know what will happen or not happen, the Dems are safe for major scrutiny now. They have the whole year, to make it happen obviously.



  8. George Chell visiting Singapore's Avatar
    Simple, right? Why all the GOP bashing when they not in power anyway?""

    Because the GOP was behind immigration bashing and still is. You are right about the left..however, folks like Durbin and Sanders are misguided but not racist like Tancredo!
  9. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "If amnesty is as popular with the American electorate as some here seem to be suggesting, why don't the Dems just be up front about it."

    Because amnesty does not fix the immigration system, it only provides temporary relief. Can you blame Democrats in general and Obama in marticular that they want to fix the system, too? Fixing, however, is a lot more difficult.
  10. D's Avatar
    "Because amnesty does not fix the immigration system, it only provides temporary relief. Can you blame Democrats in general and Obama in marticular that they want to fix the system, too? Fixing, however, is a lot more difficult."

    I honestly think Immigration is to Democrats what Abortions is to Republicans. Both parties do lip service for these issues...
  11. D's Avatar
    "Also, to say there are no anti-immigration protectionist forces on the left would be absurd in my opinion. You guys are all coming across as a bunch of partisan whiners. "

    Left is more dangerous when it comes to legal immigration.
  12. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Left is more dangerous when it comes to legal immigration. "

    Yes, just look at Canada, with their years of restraining immigration by those liberals! ;-)
  13. D's Avatar
    "Yes, just look at Canada, with their years of restraining immigration by those liberals! ;-)"

    Well Canada is Canada and U.S.A is U.S.A . Dick Durbin is the biggest bigot when it comes legal EB immigraition.
  14. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Dick Durbin is not a bigot, he is a protectionist. I don't like protectionists, either, but they are very different from bigots. Bigots do it because there is something wrong with their head, and protectionists do it for pure political gain. The Canadian example shows that protectionism does not go well with the left, anyway, although, yes, there are a few examples. Now, if the left have Durbin, the right is choke-full of characters from Sessions to Tancredo who will always be against immigration, legal of illegal. And don't get them wrong - they hate legal immgirants much more then the illegal most because you can't kick them [legal immigrants] out, and it drives them crazy. They will do whatever it takes to further lower quotas and make sure many will never get their green cards.
  15. D's Avatar
    "Dick Durbin is not a bigot, he is a protectionist. I don't like protectionists, either, but they are very different from bigots. Bigots do it because there is something wrong with their head, and protectionists do it for pure political gain. "

    Same logic can be applied to Lou Dobbs to say that he is not a bigot but he is a populist.
  16. D's Avatar
    "Now, if the left have Durbin, the right is choke-full of characters from Sessions to Tancredo who will always be against immigration, legal of illegal. And don't get them wrong - they hate legal immgirants much more then the illegal most because you can't kick them [legal immigrants] out, and it drives them crazy. They will do whatever it takes to further lower quotas and make sure many will never get their green cards."

    If I may add , Tancredos and Sessionses hate any one who is different from them.

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