November 7, 2006


Immigration Seen as Likely Test For 110th Congress (JOSH GERSTEIN, November 7, 2006, NY Sun)

Today's election, widely billed as a referendum on the war in Iraq, is likely to produce a more significant change of course for America's immigration policy than for the fighting in the Middle East, according to analysts from both political parties.

Despite the anti-war cries from Democrats and the dire warnings from Republicans about the consequences of retreat, the incoming Congress may lack the will to force an American withdrawal from Iraq. Wary of being seen as abandoning the troops, Democratic leaders have already ruled out blocking further funding for the conflict.

"We're not going to do that," the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, said in a conference call with reporters yesterday. [...]

If opinion polls prove correct and a Democratic House of Representatives is elected today, an easier area of agreement with the White House will be immigration. Mr. Bush favors an "earned legalization" program for immigrants working in this country illegally. In May, the Senate voted, 62-36, in favor of legislation in line with the White House's plan, but the Republican-controlled House dismissed the legalization approach. Some Republican lawmakers said Mr. Bush's plan amounted to amnesty for illegal aliens.

"Immigration is the one major proposal where the president might have a chance of getting success, because the Democrats have been more receptive than the Republicans," a Brookings Institution fellow in governance studies, Stephen Hess, said.

It hardly gets sweeter than the anti-Bush activism of the Darwinian Right causing immigration amnesty to pass.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2006 12:02 AM
Comments for this post are closed.