More on Immigration . . .

Immigration is my one of my favorite policy areas – and one that I have very mixed feelings about. This article from Friday’s Wall Street Journal editorial page discusses a recent special election in California which featured the defeat of a staunch anti-immigration candidate. The author suggests that a guest worker program is good politics for the Republican party, and that voters aren’t overly concerned with illegal immigration.

The race was supposed to demonstrate the effectiveness of immigration as a political issue. Instead, it showed that border restrictionists are a vocal minority unable to mobilize enough people to turn an election–even in one of the most conservative GOP districts.

Georgia has a growing Hispanic population, and it will be very interesting to see how GOP candidates in this state handle this delicate issue.

12 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    Uh, Jason? Lemme help you out here: Californians are not Georgians.

    The two states’ voter blocs are not homogeneous, but quite heterogeneous. And, I don’t mean that in a gay way. 🙂

  2. billy says:

    “Californians are not Georgians.” – Understatement of the year.

    But…wasn’t that election in Orange County – a suburban white county being slowly infiltrated by a growing hispanic population?

    Cough…Forsyth…cough… Gwinnett…cough…Cobb…cough.

    For all my friends with the same cold I’ve had for a month.

  3. Ben King says:

    “infiltrated”… man, we gotta do something about those sneaky mexicans building houses and cutting our lawns RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES!! We’re gonna have affordable produce and poultry BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!! We gotta stop this!

    okay… I gotta get some sleep. this is ridiculous.

  4. Very astute observation Bill – Californians are not Georgians (and I thank God for that every day). However, we still have a growing Hispanic population that will be crucial in coming elections. The issue is the same in Georgia – when it comes to immigration policy, how do you appease the Republican base without alienating this increasingly large group of Hispanic voters?

    Jason Rizner

  5. Okay, California is majority hispanic.

    Orange County happens to be 30% hispanic as it is, with the county seat being 40% Hispanic. Now tell me again while this failed. Georgia and the rest of the country (outside New Mexico and Arizona and Texas) are no where near this high of a percentage. But I agree that within 10-20 years Hispanics will no longer be a minority in America.

    The Debate is not that Hispanics are moving to America. The debate is that a large percentage of illegal aliens (largely hispanic) are infiltrating our country and not assimilating. Illegal aliens might be better accepted if they fully assimiated. But they do not.

  6. Chris says:

    Brian,

    I’m curious as to your statement that the illegal aliens aren’t assimilating. Where do you get this information or impression? (I’m not saying you wrong, I’m asking for more infomation on the subject – Thanks).

  7. Ben King says:

    I’m wondering if ‘not assimilating’ is really what the GOP wants to make this issue about. I’m sure it will play well to the base. But how will it play to the moderates in this country?

  8. Eddie T says:

    Jason–the question you ask sounds like, “how can you appease the Republican base while still attracting new black voters”?

    The answer–it’s not possible. You’re not going to be able to go after blacks, hispanics, or gays and then hope to be able to get their votes on election day.

    Fortunately for Republicans in this state, conservative whites outnumber blacks, hispanics, gays, and their allies.

  9. Melb says:

    Is it that they are not assimilating or is it the fact that we don’ t allow them to assimilate??? Is it even possible for them considering they are illegal/undocumented?

  10. Tater Tate says:

    Chris,

    Scan the radio dial and listen to the Spanish stations all over GA. They are not assimilating to English.

    Farmer’s have to have translators to get those vegetables picked.

    I don’t care about their potential for the GOP. Illegal aliens cannot vote.

  11. Bill Simon says:

    Some of those Spanish TV stations appear to be soft-porn peddlers…I’ve yet to see a small-bosomed female on them. Who cares if I cannot understand what they’re saying?

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