Saturday, December 17, 2011

Immigration and the Latest Republican Debates

Merrill Clark has provided ImmigrationProf with the immigration portions of the two most recent Republican Presidential debates.  See Download Immigration Portions of 12112011 and Download Immigration Portions of 12112011.

Merrill writes:

The most surprising immigration part from the December 11 and 15, 2011 debates was in the second debate the question-statement of moderator Bret Baier of Fox News to Jon Huntsman regarding a recent Fox News poll:

"Governor Huntsman, a recent FOX News poll showed that 66 percent of voters believe that the government should allow a pass to citizenship for the illegal immigrants who are already here in this country. Nearly three-quarters of Latinos agree. Given these majorities and given the growing importance of the Latino vote in the general election, does the Republican presidential candidate need to take a more moderate approach on this issue if he hopes to defeat President Obama?"

Wow, maybe Fox News is fair and balanced or, more likely, trying to help moderate the extreme Republicans to try win the election.] Despite the overwhelming majority of 66% people in favor of a "pass," per Fox News, and who will doubt that, probably the most "near progressive" of the Republican candidates on immigration is Newt Gingrich, who advocates legalizing someone here for 25 years with a job, kids and grandkids. As conservative Fox News was delicately trying to point out, there is a huge chasm between what the Republican candidates are advocating and what the American people want. I never thought I would say this, but: Good job Fox News!

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