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IMMIGRATION PROPONENT WINS KEY RACE IN MASSACHUSETTS

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Hats off to Massachusetts congressional candidate Nicki Tsongas, widow of the late presidential candidate Paul Tsongas, who won a race to replace Congressman Marty Meehan. I've been following this race which was picked by Immigrants List because of Tsongas' opponents anti-immigration views. I'm especially happy to hear about this because I was a volunteer on Senator Tsongas' 1992 presidential campaign. Here's IL's press release on the election:



Pro-immigration Reform Candidate Wins Nasty Special Election

By Drew Seman

On Tuesday, October 16th Democrat Niki Tsongas won a hotly contested election despite facing an onslaught of anti-immigration attacks.  The Special Election for the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts foreshadows how the demonization of immigrants and strident opposition to immigration reform will shape the 2008 elections.   

Tsongas ran a balanced campaign, focusing primarily on war in Iraq and SCHIP, the well known health insurance legislation for disadvantaged children.  She spoke out in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and did not back down from this position despite relentless attaches by her opponent.

The Boston Globe reported that her opponent, Jim Ogonowski, attempted to win the race by "[keeping] an unrelenting focus on a big, divisive issue: immigration."  Ogonowski mimicked the immigration wedge strategy used unsuccessfully by many Republican candidates in 2006.  His final weekend radio ad attacked Tsongas for allegedly wanting to provide illegal immigrants with amnesty, social security, health care, college tuition and driver's licenses.  One press report said that people in the district received daily anti-immigrant mailings from Ogonowski during the last week of the campaign. 

Immigrants' List, the pro-immigration reform Political Action Committee, raised almost $20,000 for Niki Tsongas during the last week of the election. This money allowed her to counter Ogonowski's attacks- he had even gone so far as to say he opposed SCHIP because it could give health care to some children of illegal immigrants.

The final vote shows Tsongas won by 6%.  Some analysts claimed that this was a real victory for Republicans and anti-immigrant voices.  This view is based on Kerry's 57-41 trouncing of President Bush in 2004.  The reality is that Kerry was running in his home state with no Governor, Senate or Congressional race below him. 

A more accurate model for this contest would be midterm election numbers.  In 2002, Republican Governor Mitt Romney won the district with 55% of the vote.  In 2006, Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Deval Patrick won with 53% of the vote.  Patrick's race was a 3-way contest vs. Tsongas's 5-way.

Ogonowski's immigration wedge failed for a host of reasons, including the all important factor of money used to counter anti-immigrant falsehoods. Despite Ogonowski's failure, there is little doubt that candidates will use anti-immigration attacks again in 2008.

As long as these attacks persist, immigration reform will remain stagnate.  That is why Immigrants' List is fighting to ensure that these anti-immigration candidates lose and pro-immigrant voices win in 2008 and beyond.  Only then will Congress be able to move past the political rhetoric and finally pass immigration reform.  To join Immigrants' List and learn more about what you can do to help, go to http://www.immigrantslist.org.




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  1. legal-forever-waiting-forever's Avatar
    worth a read

    http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/oct2007/sb20071017_303173.htm?chan=search
  2. legal-forever-waiting-forever's Avatar
    The American Spectator reporting on the conservative leadership conference. Romney should know- isn't he the founder of Bain?

    http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=12166
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    Awsome articles both of them great stuff!!!
  4. 's Avatar
    Great articles - but how many more need to be written before somebody who has the authority to change things wakes up and changes things? By the way, Canada is increasingly becoming another strong alternative - I am sure I am not the only one with a number of friends who moved there from the U.S. And w/ their economy/currency gaining strength, the U.S. better start moving real soon..
  5. Another voice's Avatar
    Well I think if you follow what is being said in the campaign trail we would get some idea as to where is Washington is going. I would not hold my breath for this guys they are in another planet.

    If you add the problem outlined in these articles in addition to baby boomers retireing soon I think the problem compounds even more.
  6. TX's Avatar
    I would'nt bet on eithe Republicans or Democrats. Hillary just clarified her position on healthcare by clearly stating that the 12 million illegals would not be covered by her health care plan. She does not mention anything regarding what her plan is for the undocumented regarding legalization or anything. Her pointing out the the illegals would not be covered, to me, simply means that she too is not going to do anything regarding immigration, both legal and illegal.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071019/ap_on_el_pr/clinton_health_care;_ylt=AtHPkYgtNp7BQ9fhIDoB15Ss0NUE
  7. Another voice's Avatar
    In Hillary's defense I'll say that in the Spanish debate she was asked point blank if she would addres the Illegal Immigration issue in the first year of her presidency and she said thet she would. But these politicians say anything to get elected and Healthcare is a big issue for her. Also I would think that she does not want to seem like she is giving social services to undocumented immigrants that would give antis and Republicans an easy target to her campaign. But let's face it Immigration is not something that politicians look forward to deal with. I'll say that they will not deal with this until the second term after all they can always blame congress for not getting a Law to their desk. I think good suport to candidates in congress and getting the dems a veto override in the Senate and that will get us there faster on Immigration.
  8. Stuck in Name Check's Avatar
    If this is true, it needs all the support from others stuck in the process, I have been in it for over a year now...whole application began over three years ago, been in the US for fourteen years....so hope this is true and passes!

    http://www.trackitt.com/discussion-forums/i485-1/29586503/last-page/
  9. Dream Act guy's Avatar
    Health care reform would be hard enough to pass on its own and allowing the Republicans to hijack her program as "health care for illegals" is not a smart political move.

    Morally, I disagree with her position but politically speaking, I agree with it. The real solution is to allow a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants. She has said that she will tackle immigration reform (to fix the immigration system for legal and undocumented immigrants) in her first term.
  10. DinTN's Avatar
    HISPANIC TRENDING:
    "What can Hispanics expect to see changing for the better, for them and their community, once President Hillary Clinton is sworn in?"
    SEN. HILLARY CLINTON:
    "I will continue to strongly support the DREAM ACT, and will work to expand access to higher education.
    The failure of immigration reform has also been frustrating; our immigration system is broken, and every day, hundreds of families - many of whom have been separated from each other for years - are paying the price. That is why, when I'm President, I will work to pass immigration reform that honors our history as both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws, and that includes a path to legalization."
    http://juantornoe.blogs.com/hispanictrending/2007/10/qa-on-hispanics.html
    ...
    CLINTON AND OBAMA APPEAL TO "THE RACE":
    Leading Democratic presidential contenders Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) addressed the national convention of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in Miami. The NCLR through the years has opposed virtually all measures to control illegal immigration.
    Both candidates promised as president to support "comprehensive immigration reform," a phrase meaning legal status for illegal aliens. One of Clinton's campaign chairs is RAUL YZAGUIRRE, the previous PRESIDENT OF NCLR. She told the convention that limited amnesty bills might still pass Congress this year.
    Obama related that he marched with ILLEGAL ALIENS and their supporters last year to protest legislation to crack down on illegal immigration. Source: (CBS4) Miami Beach 7/22/07
    ............
    HILLARY CLINTON:
    "I think we need to get the people who are here out of the shadows and the way you do that is to offer a path to legalization. They should have to pay a fine. They should have to pay back taxes, learn English and they should wait in line."
    http://www.myfoxkc.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=4551638&version=5&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.1.1
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