The New York Times and CBS News conducted a poll of 1,079 adults over the period April 29-May 2, 2010.  Over 60 percent of Americans want to allow undocumented immigrants to stay in some capacity.T When asked to evaluate the statement “illegal immigrants who are currently working in the U.S… should be allowed to stay… Continue »

“While immigration reform may be �controversial’ on rightwing radio and cable TV, it is �common sense’ to a majority of Americans,” said Frank Sharry, Executive director of America’s Voice. “Nearly 2/3 of the American people support a policy that brings immigrants who are here illegally out of the shadows to apply for work permits, rather than forcing them to leave,” he continued. The poll also asked about the likelihood of President Obama bringing about “significant immigration reform” his first term in office. Fifty-nine percent said they thought reform in Obama’s first term was “likely”…

So, according to Steele, the problem isn’t the GOP’s position on immigration reform, it’s their “message”? Republicans in Congress worked to pass the infamous “Sensenbrenner bill” in 2005 that would have made 12 million undocumented immigrants into felons, blocked bipartisan attempts at passing comprehensive reform in 2006 and 2007, and drove millions of Latinos and other Americans to the street (and ultimately the voting booth), and Steele still thinks that a slight change in tone will bring Latinos back to the GOP?

What’s more absurd than not blaming the GOP for killing immigration reform? Putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop, as it were: giving employers free reign to treat their workers as they will. Immigration reform that’s got a chance must be good for US workers, immigrant workers, and the economy. We needn’t choose between worker protections and real immigration reform, but we do need to separate fantasy from reality.

’08 Election Status:

Open

Challengers:

Tom Udall-D
Stevan Pearce-R

2008 Cook Rating:

Leans Democratic

2008 Rothenberg Rating:

Likely Democratic Takeover

2004 Presidential Vote:

50%-49% Bush

% Latino Population:

44%

% Latino Voting Population:

32.4%

Candidate Websites:

Tom Udall
Steven Pearce

Election Status:

Re-election (from March 2008 special election)

Incumbent:

Bill Foster-D

Challenger:

Jim Oberweis-R

Year Elected:

2008

March Special Election:

Foster 57%
Oberweis 47%

2008 Cook Rating:

Lean Democratic

2008 Rothenberg Rating:

Democrat Favored

2004 Presidential Vote:

55%-44% Kerry

Latino Population:

18%

Latino Vote Population:

9%

Candidate Websites:

Bill Foster
Jim Oberweis

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