Thursday, November 4, 2010
In reporting the election news yesterday, I failed to mention that Republican Lou Barletta, the Mayor of Hazelton, Pennsylvania -- home of an anti-immigrtant law that has been struck down as unconstitutional, won a U.S. House seat in Pennsylvania that was in Democratic hands for 26 years. Lou Barletta defeated Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski after losing to him in 2002 and 2008.
Barletta was a very vocal supporter of Hazelton's immigration law and has promised to seek review in the U.S. Supreme Court of the court of appeals' decision striking it down. He has laid out "tough on immigration" positions on his campaign website.
We can only hope that the new members of Congress are not as hawkish on immigration as Barletta. Even if that is the case, we can expect the new Republican House of Representatives to press an enforcement-first (and only?) approach to immigration reform. Such an approach will be out of synch with that of the U.S. Senate and President Obama and makes some kind of comprehensive immigration reform more difficult. For further analysis, click here.