Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Indiana's Mike Pence and Immigration Reform

Today's NY Times profiles Representative Mike Pence.  A conservative (politically and socially) on virtually every issue from his support for massive tax cuts to his opposition to stem cell research, Mr. Pence has made enemies through his apparent moderation on one issue: immigration.  Pence is one of the important movers behind a potential compromise approach in the US House of Reps, which earlier voted for an enforcement-only immigration bill that is inconsistent with the Senate's legalization-and-enforcement plan.  Pence's proposal would contain numerous provisions to increase immigration retrictions and border enforcement and would also require undocumented migrants to return home, but would allow many of them to return quickly.  It's not exactly a radical proposition.  But you can't tell that from the sniping that it has inspired.

Jason DeParle of the Times writes:

Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum called his plan “a sick joke.” Richard A. Viguerie, the direct-mail pioneer, threatened to punish politicians who supported it. Pat Buchanan, editor of The American Conservative, likened the betrayal to a scene from “The Godfather.”

Still, he's sticking to his guns, inspired, he says, by his Irish immigrant grandfather.  The full story is here.



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