Jul 14, 2010

Immigration Politics

The Politics of Suing Arizona The Post asked political experts and commentators about the implications of the Obama administration's suit against Arizona and its new immigration law. Below are responses from Dan Schnur, Douglas E. Schoen, Tony Fratto, Frank Sharry, Martin Frost, Donna Brazile and Ed Rogers. Here are their answers. July 11, 2010, Washington Post

Governors Voice Grave Concerns on Immigration In a private meeting with White House officials this weekend, Democratic governors voiced deep anxiety about the Obama administration’s suit against Arizona’s new immigration law, worrying that it could cost a vulnerable Democratic Party in the fall elections. ... At the Democrats’ meeting on Saturday, some governors bemoaned the timing of the Justice Department lawsuit, ... “Universally the governors are saying, ‘We’ve got to talk  about jobs,’ ” Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, a Democrat, said in an interview. “And all of a sudden we have immigration going on. It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats.” July 11, 2010, NY Times

Headless bodies and other immigration tall tales from Arizona The Arizona governor, seemingly determined to repel every last tourist dollar from her pariah state, has sounded a new alarm about border violence. "Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded," she announced on local TV. ... There's not a follicle of evidence to support Brewer's claim. July 11, 2010, Washington Post OpEd by Dana Milbank

A New Perspective on Immigration Policy In a recent Brookings event, Darrell West, vice president and Director of Governance Studies at Brookings and author of the recent book, Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy, says that immigrant workers have made significant contributions to nearly every aspect of American life. He makes a case for revamping the nation's crippling immigration policies. July 8, 2010, Brookings Institute

Five Questions about the Federal Challenge to Arizona's Immigration Law The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking an injunction to stop Arizona's tough new immigration law from taking effect later this month. ... Here are five key questions about the lawsuit. July 7, 2010, CNN

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