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Friday, April 21, 2006

Republicans and Immigration

Republicans hoped that immigration would help them at the polls this fall. Unfortunately for them, it looks like they are on the wrong side of this issue. According to a poll by Pew Research Center of 1,501 American adults shows that Republicans are in trouble.

"Public opinion toward immigration policy continues to divide the public, though the partisan differences are smaller than on Iraq and other issues. A solid majority (58%) favors a proposal to allow undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for several years to gain legal working status and the possibility of future citizenship.

More divisive is a proposal to make it a criminal offense to assist an undocumented immigrant to remain in the U.S.; 45% favor such a proposal, while 47% are opposed. There is more partisanship on this issue than on whether illegal immigrants should be provided a path to citizenship. A majority of Republicans (57%) favor making it a crime to assist an undocumented immigrant to stay in the U.S., while just 36% of Democrats agree.

By 43%-27%, more Americans say the Democratic Party can better handle immigration. Roughly one-in-seven Republicans (15%) believe Democrats can do a better job on this issue, compared with 7% of Democrats who favor the GOP on immigration. Independents by 37%-21% think the Democratic Party can better handle immigration."

Seven months before the November elections, the Republicans are in dire straits. The last two years have been legislative failures. In 2005, the Republicans were going to pass massive Social Security "fixes". They failed. This year, immigration reform has been the big push. They're failing. Seriously folks, the Republicans have had a monopoly on government for the last 5+ years and they haven't done anything effectively (unless you count screwing up a war). It's high time to kick the bums out. They've had their turn (12 years in Congress, 5+ in the White House), now we shall have ours.

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