Submitted By Todd on June 5th at 6:52am
Republicans are getting bolder.
A California Republican congressman on Friday would not apologize for a comment about immigrants he made in April in the context of Arizona's controversial new immigration law. "They will look at the kind of dress they wear," he said. "There is different type of attire, there is different type of -- right down to the shoes, right down to the clothes. But mostly by behavior." Immigrants-rights protesters gathered outside Bilbray's district office on Friday and demanded an apology, according to San Diego 6. Bilbray says he's done nothing inappropriate, that his comments come from years of experience interacting with the Border Patrol. "Look, if you were raised along the border like I was -- if you had as much interaction with border patrol agents as I have -- you'd know that there's a whole lot of things that maybe the general public doesn't know about."Understanding that 'comprehensive' reform isn't going to happen this year, activists are focusing on a piecemeal approach, one that will still be harmful to Democrats.
Instead of pushing for comprehensive reform, they will focus on smaller proposals that could have more bipartisan support. One such popular proposal is the Dream Act, legislation sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) that would put illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age on the path to legal permanent residence. The second proposal is the Ag Jobs bill. It would allow illegal farm workers and agricultural guest workers to obtain temporary immigration status with the possibility of becoming permanent residents. Pro-immigration advocates believe the legislation could attract the support of conservative farm-state senators.Have they seen the polls!
The non-partisan Quinnipiac University Poll shows American voters say by 48%-35% that they want an immigration law like the one in Arizona, which requires law enforcement officials to ask someone's legal status if there is "reasonable suspicion" to believe the person is in the USA illegally. The survey also found that a majority of voters approve of the Arizona law, while 45% think it will reduce illegal immigration.Let the games begin.