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August 25, 2006

Cracks in a Republican Base; Hard-Line Immigration Stance Angers Some Business Groups

There is an article about the need for reform from the business community in the Wall Street by Sarah Lueck, August 24, 2006;

"Dennis Nixon, a bank executive from Laredo, Texas, has long supported Republican politicians. He is in frequent contact with his state's congressional delegation and has been a generous donor to the party, contributing thousands of dollars each year to help elect Republicans to Congress and ranking as one of President Bush's fund-raising "Rangers" in 2004.

But recently Mr. Nixon, chairman of International Bancshares Corp., has found himself at odds with Republicans on one issue: immigration. He opposes the enforcement-focused approach favored by most House Republicans and instead wants an immigration overhaul that "recognizes that illegal immigration is filling a gigantic need" in the labor market.

At a recent immigration hearing in Houston, Mr. Nixon was invited to testify by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat -- not the Republicans who organized the event. And he sparred with Republican Rep. Ted Poe, also of Texas, who suggested Mr. Nixon is more concerned with making money than securing the border.

"I feel like a man without a party," Mr. Nixon says. Last year, he gave $10,000 to the Republican National Committee, but now says he is "less engaged" in the congressional campaign. "My enthusiasm has basically waned. ... They're not supporting what I think is a well-reasoned, well-thought-out vision for America"."

Write to Sarah Lueck at sarah.lueck@wsj.com1

At; http://online.wsj.com/article/SB115637993732043996.html

Posted by VisaLawyer at August 25, 2006 04:20 PM

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