Monday, June 23, 2008
Are Obama And McCain Irrelevant On Immigration?
Both expected presidential candidates are friendly on immigration, though they say more about security than legalization these days. The nativists are dismayed, but not quiet and inactive. They cheer the increasing the tougher enforcement of ICE and the progress of the fence. They have been especially active in state and local legislatures to pass mini-exclusionary laws. Now they'll jump into the campaign, not wasting their time on the presidential race, but rather focusing on the congressional. They will even support "blue-dog" or conservative Democrats running in districts were immigration is a hot issue. The intent of their strategy is to hem in the next president, so that he won't have the support in congress or in the nation for comprehensive immigration reform. (See LA Times article.)