Washington Post Writer Says Immigration Debate “Depressing”
“So in the run-up to 2016, Clinton is tacking left while GOP front-runners are tacking to the right. This suggests that immigration will be a hot topic for debate. What’s depressing about this is that, while important, the issues at the fulcrum of the Clinton/GOP divide — treatment of illegal immigrants, parents DREAMers, border protection in the Southwest — are increasingly unrelated to current trends in immigration,” says Daniel Drezner.
Refusing to Enforce the Law Harms Immigrant Workers in NY
“Today, the New York Times has a fascinating story by Sarah Maslin Nir about illegal employment practices at New York’s nail salons. In the U.S. as a whole, nail salons have become more popular since 2000, but they have exploded in the Big Apple. A Times graphic reveals that there are about ten times as many nail salons as Starbucks coffee shops in one Upper East Side neighborhood,” National Review says.
Most GOP Candidates Avoid Reaction to Hillary
“Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fighting words on immigration this week, designed in part to provoke Republicans into a reactionary counterattack, instead drew an unusual early response from several top-tier GOP presidential candidates: silence,” the Washington Post says.
“Two days after Clinton vowed to expand on President Obama’s executive actions to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was one of the only leading Republican 2016 contenders to strike back, calling it a ‘full embrace of amnesty’ that is ‘unfair to hard-working Americans.’”
GOP Should Respond to Hillary, Says Post Blogger
“Republicans should not get in the habit of shrinking from controversy or ducking these issues. Walker is right to speak up, although he needs to define his own policy and eschew wage protectionist-sounding rhetoric. But Rubio should be defending himself (not merely through a spokesman), which would beat down critics who say he lost nerve after the Senate bill,” says Jennifer Rubin.
“In particular, Rubio should be calling attention to Clinton’s total lack of credibility on the issue. Her uber-generous citizenship offer was not her position in 2008 (when she was struggling on the issue of giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants). She did nothing on the subject in the Senate.”
Santorum: Immigration Should Not Harm Working Americans
“I once asked my father whether he resented being separated from his dad for the first seven years of his life, while he waited to legally immigrate to America. My dad said absolutely not. ‘America was worth the wait,’” says Rick Santorum in an op-ed.
“A common refrain I hear is that immigrants, like my father and grandfather, have a great work ethic or that it would be cruel to separate families. And as a Catholic, I am taught the virtues of love, charity, and compassion. But America’s immigration policy must first be about compassion for hard-working Americans.”