With Arizona's immigration law drawing national controversy
, some congressional Democrats have decided that now is the time to push for national
. Senate Democrats have put forward a plan. But President Obama appears uncertain that the
issue should be pursued so close to the November elections and at the
same time as his financial regulatory reform and environmental pushes.
Will Define 2010 Elections The Washington Post's Ezra Klein decrees, "Like it
or not, the 2010 election is now (substantially) about immigration. ...
Hispanics are an important part of the Democratic coalition. They're
owed a response to the Arizona law. And denunciations aren't good
enough: The only response that makes sense is an actual solution to the
- ...No It Won't Liberal blogger DougJ differs. " Just because people most voters have
heard about the Arizona law and a
slight majority favors it doesn't mean that it will be the issue that
most motivates voters, especially not supporters of the Arizona law. In
the 2008 Republican primary, Tancredo, Giuliani, and Romney spent a
huge amount time immigrant-bashing, then lost to the co-author of a
liberal immigration reform bill. And that was in a Republican primary."
Doesn't Want It This Year The Associated Press' Suzanne Gamboa reports,
"Immigration reform has become the first of President Barack Obama's
major priorities dropped from the agenda of an election-year Congress
facing voter disillusionment. Sounding the death knell was Obama
- Won't Pass This Year The Plum Line's Greg Sarent says "the Arizona
law is forcing the issue into our national consciousness, whether
leaders of both parties like it or not." But, "Senate Dem sources
tell CNN that it's unlikely to move this year, and President Obama
also poured a vat of cold water on the possibilty of quick action in
remarks to reporters yesterday.But any movement is good movement."
Democrats Politico's Kasie Hunt reports, "The issue sharply
divides Democrats along geographic lines -- and would set up a tough vote
for moderates like Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Blanche Lincoln of
Arkansas. 'It cuts both ways, I'll be honest with you. There're some who
need it and some who don't,' [Democratic Sen. Richard] Durbin said of
the 2010 Democratic Senate candidates."
- Dem Plan Is
'Enforcement-Heavy' The American Prospect's Gabriel Arana evaluates.
"So far, it looks like the bill harshly punishes those who would
illegally try to come to the U.S. in the future and goes easier --
though by no means easy -- on those who've already made it here. Quite
plainly, the only difference between the two classes of people that
would be created by the bill is timing."
- On Immigration, Obama
Is Bush Form Bush adviser Mark McKinnon writes in the
Daily Beast, "In my 25 years in politics, I've never seen an issue as
explosive or divisive as immigration reform. The politics are not
conventional; they make for strange bedfellows. This is an issue where
Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Jeb Bush are in agreement calling
for compassion and pathways to citizenship." He laments that Bush was
not successful in passing immigration reform. "Because of the failure at
the federal level to enact meaningful reform, our political structure
has created the conditions that encouraged and allowed Arizona to pass
an ugly, onerous, and, one hopes, unconstitutional law."
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