Thursday, October 26, 2006
Immigration will be highlighted again as an issue for the midterm election campaigns today when President George W. Bush signs the Secure Fence Act, but its effectiveness as a winning issue for Republican candidates remains unproven, according to analysts and polls.
The new law, which calls for the construction of a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border, was tailor-made for the election season in last month's session of Congress by the House GOP leadership.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) yesterday used the signing to attack Democrats for voting against the fence act, accusing them of wanting to "leave the borders open" and to "grant amnesty" to the millions of illegal immigrants here. Click here.