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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

WE'RE JUST MISUNDERSTOOD

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America's Voice points to an interview with new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele as evidence that the GOP still doesn't comprehend that they are now considered the anti-immigrant party. They point to this interview on Fox News last week:

WALLACE: Does the GOP need to change its position on immigration reform, guest workers, path to citizenship, to reach out and say to Hispanics, "You have a home in the Republican Party?."




STEELE: No. Well, I think the GOP's position on immigration is very much the position of many, many Hispanics who are in this country.



WALLACE: Well, wait a minute.



STEELE: Well, hold up. Hold up.



WALLACE: Wait. Is the GOP position the position of George Bush and John McCain, which is for immigration reform, or...



STEELE: The GOP...



WALLACE: ... or is it the position that was build the fence?



STEELE: The GOP's position is secure our borders first. Let us know and let us make sure the American people know that we've taken care of the important business of dealing with illegal immigration into this country.

You cannot begin to address the concerns of the people who are already here unless and until you have made certain that no more are coming in behind them.



WALLACE: So no change in the position of the party.



STEELE: No change in the position on the party on that.



WALLACE: You are one of the...



STEELE: How we messaged that is where we messed up the last time. We were pegged as being insensitive, anti-immigrant, and nothing could be further from the truth, because you talk to those leaders in the Hispanic community, they will tell you the same thing.


Really, Mr. Chairman? Hispanics really agree with the GOP, they just don't know it yet? It's going to be a long exile if the party of Lincoln doesn't get with the times and realize why this position cost them the 2008 election and will ensure they don't ever hold the majority again until they change it.

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  1. ted sallador's Avatar
    Yep, the beat goes on. Whether it's a white or a black face in the GOP helm, GOP's stand on CIR remains the same: GOP is the party of the South where the nativists ,the xenophobes and the demagogues on the immigration issue are undulating.

    Shall I mention again that the zealots are led by the southern senators like Session, Vitter, Demint, Bunning et al? Not to to be outshined in preeminence and self importance is the perpetual clarion calls of their political director- Rush Limbaugh. Beck,Stein, Buchanan et al ----are their indefatigable foot soldiers, mouthing anti-immigrant venoms.

    I would not shed a tear when the GOP is forever cast to political oblivion.

    Ted Sallador

  2. giuseppe's Avatar
    well, the fence is pretty done.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    Mr. Sallador:

    GOP is a party of three Ws..no, not win, win, win..Dubya (w), Whiners and White Skin Worshippers.

    In the second paragraph you forgot to mention the premier white skin worshipper..Jeff Sessions. Beck panders to the racists although I am not sure whether he is seriously one. For GOP not to make a comeback..the economy has to improve and the stock market has to rally on time..we cannot have a rally in 2009 and a decline in 2010..they need a stagnation in 2009 with the rally beginning in the fall of 2009 and going well into 2010! Even then the party in power looses a few seats and seems to me that at least Illinois and Colorado has been handed to the GOP in the Senate race while the jury is still out on the new New York Senator!
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