August 26, 2009

AS W SHOULD HAVE DONE IN IN JANUARY 2005...:

Get ready for another uproar (Ruben Navarrette, August 26, 2009, San Diego Union Tribune)

[A]s divisive and shrill as the health care discussion has been at times, the soon-to-be resurrected immigration debate could be much worse. The issue, expected to be on Congress' fall agenda, will provide its share of theatrics. Imagine cable television filling air time with footage of protesters waving American flags and screaming about how illegal immigrants are invading and “colonizing” the United States, letting Spanish drown out English and turning the land of Ozzie and Harriet into that of Jose and Maria. Those cultural fears will be front and center as Americans needlessly fret about losing control over their own country and their own destiny.

And, if Obama wants to get an immigration reform package through Congress, he will again need help from conservative Blue Dog Democrats.

Just like with health care. And if Obama panders to the Blue Dogs too much, he could alienate more liberal Democrats. Just like with health care.


...so should the UR have in January 2009. Though Mr. Obama had even greater reason to pass an amnesty, just for the economic stimulus it would have provided.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 26, 2009 6:32 AM
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