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.