Monday, December 28, 2009

Will Immigration Reform Hurt Democrats?

Gary Martin writes for the San Antonio Express-News

President Barack Obama's campaign promise to overhaul immigration laws next year faces an uphill battle in Congress, and it could hurt Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections whether it succeeds or fails.

Division among Democrats and solid Republican opposition to key provisions of any sweeping reform bill will be major hurdles. Democrats facing tough re-election battles will be hard-pressed to vote to legalize the status of unauthorized immigrants during an economic downturn.

But inaction on the issue could alienate crucial Hispanic voters who helped deliver the White House to Democrats last year.

“After being on our national agenda for a decade, comprehensive immigration reform's time has come,” said Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Perhaps. But the House Democratic leadership is so skittish about the issue that it wants the Senate to go first. Click here for the rest of the story.


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