Thursday, December 30, 2010

States and immigration

The National Immigration Forum just published a report on the potential copying of Arizona's SB 1070.  It is aimed at state legislators who are contemplating such a law, with detailed discussion of several states.  It is hard to argue with the following conclusion:

Thus, Republicans are presented with a choice: Will they use their newfound political clout to pursue harsh immigration enforcement legislation that is prohibitively expensive, endangers public safety, will result in costly lawsuits, undermines local economies, and turns off a key and growing voting demographic? Or, will they use their new power to lead states to practical solutions, court a powerful new Latino and immigrant electorate and pave a way for their party to make even more gains in 2012?

1 comments:

Vicente Duque 5:32 PM  

Newt Gingrich : "We are not going to deport 11 million people…There has to be some zone between deportation and amnesty", "People who have been here obeying every law except immigration…you're not going to send them home"


Mother Jones
Gingrich-Rubio 2012?
By Suzy Khimm
December 6, 2010

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/12/newt-gingrich-latinos-immigration


Some excerpts :

Gearing up for his likely 2012 presidential bid, Newt Gingrich has given himself a pro-Latino makeover. Having once criticized Latinos for continuing to speak "the language of living in the ghetto," he's now become a dutiful Spanish language student. And last week he held a two-day conference for Latino conservatives. In his keynote address, Gingrich tried to come across as a Bush-style moderate on immigration: "We are not going to deport 11 million people…There has to be some zone between deportation and amnesty." He emphasized he's open to a pathway for legalizing undocumented immigrants: "People who have been here obeying every law except immigration…you're not going to send them home."
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Nodarse-Leon, for one, has pinned his hopes on Marco Rubio to help counter such ignorance. Having worked on the Florida Senator-elect's campaign from the start, he's confident that Rubio will push for moderate immigration reforms like guest-worker visas and changes to the legal immigration system—effectively reclaiming the Bush immigration agenda. And Gingrich has come closer than any other 2012 Republican contender willing to venture back to the land of the reasonable on the issue.
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Vicente Duque

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