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No matter what school bond issue faces Wake County voters this year, here is an issue I promise will come: illegal immigration.

You can see the Republican pollsters salivating right now.

Advance word is that one of the key issues President Bush will address in his State of the Union speech will be illegal immigration.,

Senator Richard Burr used it to beat Erskine Bowles in 2004.

And the right-wing talk network around here is already buzzing about illegal immigrants in the schools – the cost of students who can’t speak English and the like.

One little-known fact: Not all Democrats are sympathetic to immigrants. In fact, Democratic polls have shown that the most anti-immigrant opinions are held by the most pro-Democratic voters: African-Americans.

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Gary Pearce
# Gary Pearce
Thursday, March 30, 2006 3:41 PM
Here is a perfect opportunity for the Democrat Party to distinguish itself (on the national level) as a viable and respectable alternative to the current administration. Formulate a coherent policy on immigration which lays out exactly how the United States should treat those who come here seeking a better life, who would pay the inevitable tab, and how much it would cost. Outline the benefits which would accrue to the country if your program were adopted, and state how your party would ameliorate the difficulties its adoption might entail.

Or, if that’s too hard, just carp, whine, and bemoan the fact that Republicans are going to make a big issue out of it in November and use it to kick your tails once again.

Comment by Jim Stegall — February 3, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

Hey Jim maybe you can ask the leaders of the GOP to do the same, because like a lot of other things they say one thing and do another. You know like less government, less government spending, reducing our dependency on foreign oil.

Comment by Chris — February 6, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

The administration has been quite upfront about its immigration policy. The President wants a guest-worker program (which makes sense), but many in his own party want a far more restrictive approach.

Of course, since they are the party in power, you could just skip the semantics and judge them solely by what they have done–which in the case of immigration has been virtually nothing. That makes the issue all the more valuable for Democrats in the fall IF THEY CAN OFFER A BETTER ALTERNATIVE!!!

Comment by Jim Stegall — February 6, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

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