April 12, 2006
|Americans Reject GOP, Bush On Immigration||Politics|
Republicans thought immigration was going to be a winning wedge issue for them, but they were wrong. Spectacularly so. WaPo:
[I]n the new Post-ABC News poll, completed Sunday [i.e., before Monday's massive peaceful demonstrations], 50 percent of respondents said they trusted the Democrats to better handle the immigration issue, while 38 percent trusted Republicans. A third of Americans approved of the president's handling of the immigration issue, while 61 percent disapproved. Only his handling of gas prices showed lower approval ratings.
Three-quarters of those responding said the United States is not doing enough to secure its borders, but they appeared to have rejected the argument that immigrants are an economic threat. About 68 percent said illegal immigrants are filling jobs Americans do not want, compared with 29 percent who believe they are taking jobs from Americans. [Emphasis added]
Americans are proving themselves to be fundamentally decent and compassionate on this issue. Republicans bet on xenophobia, economic resentment, and racism, and it's a bet they're losing. The immigrants who are targeted by the GOP are overwhelmingly upstanding, honorable, incredibly hard-working people. We know them. They're all around us. They're good folks who are making enormous sacrifices to help their families, and they're a true credit to their adopted country. The GOP's attack is contemptible, and for once they're not getting away with it.
And while we're at it, since the Republicans try to convince us they're God's Own Party, let's ask ourselves which side of this issue Jesus would be on. Could the Republican position possibly be any more un-Christian?
I strongly feel that President Bush should grant citizenship to all illegal immigrants. He can do this to avert all of the potential disturbances to the economy which would result with continuing protests and walkouts by millions of immigrants around the country. Now I realize that there would have to be an accountability policy whereby illegals would have to claim that status with a representative from His country as a witness, and with an American as a reference. I also realize many would slip through the cracks, and bring a rise to the crime rates through drug dealing or through other illegal activities. But time will correct that temporary problem.
Posted by: Mark Catanzareti at May 2, 2006 03:46 AM