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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

ANTI-IMMIGRATION PROVING TO BE A LOSING POSITION IN 2008

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The National Immigration Forum is reporting what the mainstream media seems to have missed so far - that immigration is not shaping up to be a winning issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. Most Republican voters - nearly 60% favor either a temporary legal status or complete legalization for unauthorized immigrants. And only 16% of GOP voters consider immigration there major issue anyway. And my previous posts on the power of the Hispanic vote this year certainly proved true in Florida where Hispanic Republicans overwhelmingly chose McCain.

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  1. Pete's Avatar
    I hope more people see the futility in being rigid on the immigration issue with "deportation only" stance. Not that illegal immigration should be encouraged in any way. However America historically being a land of immigrants, should find a more rational way of dealing with this issue without falling for the rhetoric of the politicians who have a motive in keeping this issue alive for as long as possible.
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Anti immigration groups such as FAIR and CIS are actually against all immigration. In fact, their actions indicate that they are only for white immigration. They raise a lot of hue and cry about computer programmers from India and China but have nothing to say about 10,000 or so white actors from countries such as Australia and the UK displacing potential American actors, white or otherwise. Clear case of bigotry!
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    I doubt that mainstream media missed the fact that Immigration is a losing issue on 2008. They have found a way to built into their programming and continue creating controversy with the issue and sell a lot of add space. Just ask Lou Dobbs or O'Riley factor producers.
  4. Jack's Avatar
    How To Handle Illegal Immigrants


    Path to Citizenship

    (29%)

    Deport Them

    (40%)


    Temporary Worker

    (29%)

    This poll offers an incomplete list of choices. It's gaping flaw is that it lacks any attrition through enforcement of current (or enhanced) law choice or even a do nothing/benign neglect choice. The latter is always a policy option and should not be forgotten. A lot people would much rather do nothing than any of those 3 offered choices. 'Deport them' doesn't poll such a high % (40%!) when attrition is included. I figure a lot of people chose 'Deport them' only because there was no other rule of law/enforcement option. When a fuller range of options is offered, here is an example of what you get:

    The majority (59%) believe the more effective way to deal with the...millions of illegal immigrants living within the United States is to crack down on illegal immigration by toughening the enforcement of existing laws, deporting illegal immigrants and prosecuting the employers who illegally employ workers. But nearly a third (32%) favor creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants so that they no longer have to live in the shadows of society and can live without fear of prosecution.

    http://www.zogby.com/NEWS/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1290

    The think the most reliable poll isn't hypothetical but when actual, proposed legislation is polled with simple, unbiased choices of 'do you favor passage' or 'do you favor defeat'. By that standard, last year's Senate CIR bill polled extremely low (23% by this poll):

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/support_for_senate_immigration_bill_falls_49_prefer_no_bill_at_all


    'In fact, the deportation-only approach favored by many candidates...'

    Many candidates? Let's hear some names. This is an apocryphal argument.
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    Jack:

    I dont give a damn what the poll says about attitude of immigrants. There are no national referendums. We only elect a President and the congress. They voted for John McCain and all polls indicate a sweeping McCain victory on tuesday and if the congressional polls are any indication, we may well have a pro-amnesty congress and a pro-amnesty President. My challenge to the antis and Lou Dobbs is, try and stop it! If you fail, you can wail all you want, I would just say: you lost, get over it!
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    ""I've already made my plans to emigrate to Australia," joked Jim Gilchrist, founder of anti-illegal immigration group the Minuteman Project."

    ""There's no question that members of the Republican establishment are lining up behind McCain because they want to preserve their future," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the hardliner group Center for Immigration Studies.

    "(But) I think there's going to be a lot of Republicans who are simply not going to vote with him because of this. They're not going to campaign for him.""

    I love to see the antis squirm and get an ulcer, especially this racist Mark Kirkorian.

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