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Immigration is an important issue in the United States, but is it something the GOP nomination for president should hinge on? Is there a reason that as unauthorized immigration from Mexico to the U.S. steadily declines, the rhetoric becomes ever more charged?
Republicans and immigration enforcement hawks are denouncing the Obama administration’s newly announced policy of selective deportation. The policy would have the government evaluate each person currently in deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis using multiple criteria which were outlined in a memo issued by ICE director John Morton in June. Many undocumented immigrants without criminal records would be allowed to indefinitely stay in the United States and apply for work permits.
Pretty much wherever you find efforts to tighten immigration laws in the United States, you find John Tanton--or more likely these days, one of the groups he founded.
Conservative Latino organization Somos Republicans, which has battled the rise of what it sees as bigoted, big-government positions on immigration among Republican leaders, is courting high-profile Colorado Republican Party defector Muhammed Ali Hasan. The group Monday asked Hasan not to become a Democrat, as he announced he would do last month, but to work with Somos Republicans and its supporters to "change the Republican Party from within."
Republican legislators Monday hosted an informational meeting to discuss immigration in Colorado, but the Colorado Independent has learned two of the presenters invited to speak were from organizations founded by white supremacist John Tanton. One of those organizations, The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), has been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Shawna Forde and members of Minutemen American Defense -- an anti-illegal immigration vigilante group charged in the double homicide of an Arizona man and his 9-year-old daughter and the attempted murder of the man's wife — shared a stage, if not their vigilante streak, with former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo.
Proving yet again that the president can (and should) walk and chew gum at the same time, Barack Obama is poised to announce a debate next month on creating a legal path for undocumented immigrants to become citizens. In the brief story published Wednesday, the New York Times dutifully records opposing arguments that the White House should be solely focused on the economy and health care reform (and energy and the wars and foreign policy and natural disasters and the NCAA brackets and ...). Unfortunately, the reporting is marred by the Gray Lady's insistence on citing anti-immigration groups that have been repeatedly discredited as hate groups.
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