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    Path toward immigration policy is finally taking right turn

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    Path toward wise immigration policy is finally taking right turn

    November 21, 2006
    BY MIGUEL PEREZ

    Some people are still denying it, but the tide has turned in the right direction. America's heritage as a nation of immigrants is on the right path again.

    For the last couple of years, it seemed as if those who appealed to our worst instincts, those who became "leaders" by spreading divisiveness and xenophobia, were driving this country away from that great tradition. They used the attacks of 9/11 and the war on terrorism as an excuse to declare war on all immigrants.

    But, as usually happens, justice is beginning to prevail. The political pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction -- with a vengeance. First, some of the senators and many of the House members who staked their futures on scapegoating illegal immigrants were vanished in the midterm elections. Adios!

    Chances that Congress will continue passing draconian immigration laws have been greatly diminished, the probability that comprehensive and compassionate measures will be enacted considerably enhanced.

    Then those who had predicted that the Latino vote would not make much difference, and that the backlash against Republicans for practicing racist politics would be insignificant had to eat their words. A huge number of Latinos who had been swayed to vote for Republicans in the last few national elections went back to the Democrats this year. Polls say that Democrats regained as many as 10 to 13 percent of Latinos who voted for President Bush in 2004.

    Now, some of the towns that had been taking federal laws into their own hands are suffering major setbacks. Local ordinances designed to violate the human and civil rights of immigrants are being rejected by higher government officials, voters and the courts. In New Jersey, for example, three municipalities that had been practicing different ways of bashing immigrants have suffered major setbacks recently:

    • • After trying, unsuccessfully, to censure a Spanish-language McDonald's billboard, Bogota tried to hold a referendum on whether English should be the town's official language, in an effort to deny bilingual services to immigrants. But the town was overruled, first by a county clerk, who ruled that such action could only be taken by the state or federal governments, and then by a court that upheld the clerk's ruling.

    • • After passing an ordinance that penalizes businesses that hire and landlords who rent to illegal immigrants, Riverside is being challenged in court by several civil rights organizations. But the voters didn't wait for the courts. On Election Day, the two men who led the drive for the ordinance were booted out of office.

    • • After several years of harassing immigrant day laborers, last week, Freehold reached a settlement with lawyers who had been suing on behalf of the workers. It agreed to stop the harassment and to shell out $245,000 in legal fees for opposing lawyers and $33,000 to reimburse Latino residents who had been unjustly fined for loitering or housing-code violations.

    You can bash Latino immigrants some of the time. But you can't trample over the rights of the nation's fastest-growing voting bloc and expect to get away with it indefinitely.

    Last week's selection of Hispanic Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) to head the Republican National Committee is a clear indication that moderate Republicans are recognizing that the right-wing extremists in their party have alienated a powerful voting bloc they will need in the future.

    Yet some right-wing zealots are still in denial. You hear them on radio and TV denying that anti-immigrant attitudes had an impact on the midterm elections, unwilling to accept the fact that they alienated Latino voters and were hurt by a backlash. In the 2008 presidential election, Latinos will not only have many more voters, but much more influence.

    In the midterm elections, Latinos could not get rid of some xenophobic zealots in certain districts where the Hispanic population is low. But let's not forget that Latinos are largely concentrated in several states that could swing a presidential election -- Florida, Colorado, California, Arizona, New Mexico -- to name a few.

    In the presidential election, unless Republicans nominate a moderate on immigration, like John McCain or Rudy Giuliani, they are doomed.
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    Propaganda

    Bad title. Should be "wrong turn."
    Only correct "path" is one way south.

    Just another Commie playing the race card.

    What part of "We don't owe our jobs to India" are you unable to understand, Senator?

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    "just another commie playing the race card"

    Yep ... that's going to be the general drift of things on this issue in Congress I'm afraid.

    We have a lot of work to do there really really quick.

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    I wrote the RNC and told them Martinez was the wrong choice for Republicans.
    Do not vote for Party this year, vote for America and American workers!

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    For the last couple of years, it seemed as if those who appealed to our worst instincts, those who became "leaders" by spreading divisiveness and xenophobia, were driving this country away from that great tradition. They used the attacks of 9/11 and the war on terrorism as an excuse to declare war on all immigrants.
    Blah...blah...blah. Folks, be sure to always recognize the "race" card when it is being played. As usual, to this Scocialist, anyone who stands for American sovereignty, culture, the English language and our traditions is simply....a racist, anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant and on and on.

    When we read articles like this or hear it on T.V. and etc. - these people with this mindset, they are the ones who need to be fought the hardest.
    American "guilt" is rampant today. "Guilt" because of our affluence and the tremendous quality of life we have built for ourselves. These people seek to "re-distribute" this quality of life to illegal aliens. People who do not share our values, culture, language and traditions.

    The fight goes on...
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    moosetracks wrote:

    I wrote the RNC and told them Martinez was the wrong choice for Republicans.
    So did I!

    Hmmm......I can't seem to find any mention of the 4 initiatives that the Arizona voters passed or any of the other so-called "draconian" measures that are being passed left and right throughout the country. I hope people are meeting these extremely biased articles with a serious rebuttal!

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    Some people are still denying it, but the tide has turned in the right direction. America's heritage as a nation of immigrants is on the right path again
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    America is not against immigrants. We are upset with illegal aliens. America will no longer be considered a melting pot as the unabated tide of illegal Mexican aliens flood into America with 3rd world birth rates. [/quote]

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    MIGUEL PEREZ you are a race baiting clown!

    Where are all of these lawmakers besides JD Hayworth that were removed from office over this issue?

    The truth remains the same MIGUEL PEREZ and that is you are on the side of racism and lawlessness. MIGUEL PEREZ is on the side of the 20% VS the 80% of Americans that want illegal immigration stopped and or reversed!

    What a clown.

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