The bill does not call for an end to immigration raids, although we all know the Administration’s raids policy is not going to fix illegal immigration or get the system under control. As Secretary Chertoff’s remarks last year betrayed, these raids are more about cowboy politics than effective policy. No, the Menendez-Kennedy bill is simply about reigning in the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) handles its business. It is a very modest measure that asks ICE to exercise a bit of humanity, and a bit of common sense, as it goes about its campaign of immigration enforcement.

By attributing the failures of Wall Street to immigrants and specifically Latinos, Krikorian joined Michelle Malkin in trying to perpetuate a blatant falsehood and continued recent attempts to blame immigrants and Latinos for any and all hot-button policy issues. Conservative law professor and blogger Stephen Bainbridge succinctly captured the ridiculousness of Krikorian and Malkin, saying, “The freezing up of the credit markets doesn’t have anything to do with either affirmative action or illegal immigration, and people who believe it does are on a par with the conspiracy theorists who think flouridation is a Chicom plot.”

The surge of the immigrant vote may come as a surprise to many, but not to the dozens of organizations that form the We Are America Alliance (WAAA). The Alliance is driving the largest coordinated effort in our nation’s history to increase immigrant civic engagement. In a push to commemorate National Citizenship Day (September 17th), Alliance members held events that successfully registered 20,000 new Latino, Asian, and immigrant voters in 13 key electoral states. In addition, the “Ya es Hora! Ve y Vota” (Now is the Time! Go Vote!) Campaign will register and engage Latino voters in key battleground states through an unprecedented radio and television effort.

This week, new developments in states where immigration policy and politics are most salient reinforce the importance of the issue on Election Day and the need for common sense immigration reform. A broad coalition of voices in the key battleground states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico highlighted the failures of our current approach to immigration policy, previewed the power of the Latino vote and the immigration issue on November 4th, and called for immigration reform legislation to fix our broken system.

Just when we thought we already had enough problems with the Wall Street fiasco, in walks Michelle Malkin. The right-wing blogger and television loudmouth has given us a new group to point fingers at. That’s right, the current Wall Street meltdown has nothing to do with government ineptitude or failure to stem corporate greed… “It’s the immigrants, stupid!”

The latest installment of the popular right-wing “blame the immigrants,” game is a whopper. Conservative blogger, occasional television pundit, and consistent right wing loudmouth Michelle Malkin is — get ready — blaming illegal immigration for our nation’s current economic crisis. No joke. Neither Wall Street greed nor irresponsible government oversight over the financial industry are responsible. Just immigrants.