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November 28, 2006

Immigration Reform Gains Momentum

Vida en el Valle, News Analysis, Martha Ramirez, Juan Esparza Loera, and Vicki Adame, Nov 23, 2006;

"...Douglas Rivlin, director of communications of the Immigration Forum, believes there are lessons to be learned from the election.

"The hard line of anti-immigration rhetoric failed for the Republicans," said Rivlin. "Anti-immigration Republicans thought it would be better to attack the issue rather than trying to solve it."

Unlike Arellano, Rivlin says he doesn't see how the Democrats taking power in Congress is a gain toward a possible immigration reform.

"It's not a slam dunk," he says. "Both parties need to work together to solve the problems in the U.S."

Despite the Republicans' loss of almost 30 Congressional seats, Alejandro Burgos, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, defends the party, saying it did everything possible to address the immigration issue.

"The House felt that before any other (immigration) program could be offered the borders needed to be secured," Burgos said. "How the (immigration) debate will unfold depends on what the Democrats put forth and that is yet to be seen."

Exit polls released after the election showed that 57 percent of voters support a reform that would give working undocumented immigrants an opportunity to stay in the country.

"We're optimistic it (the democrats taking control of Congress) will bring some type of immigration reform," said Marc Grossman, principal spokesman of the United Farm Workers. "Things were certainly stalled before the election."

During a stop in Fresno last Thursday, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta said plenty of work needs to be done before immigration reform is completed.

"We just need to make sure we have everybody on board," said Huerta, who added that Republicans who refused to compromise on immigration reform were swept from office.

Among those, she said, was incumbent Congressman J.D. Hayworth, a Republican, held a hard line against immigration and was upset.

"He wasn't expected to lose. The fact that this one Congressman had immigration as his only issue, in a conservative district, I think, sends a strong message for the Republicans."

According to Immigration2006.org, Democrats who supported a comprehensive solution to immigration won throughout the country at the federal and state level...".


Posted by VisaLawyer at November 28, 2006 06:50 AM


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