Yesterday, the Minnesota Supreme Court ended an 8 month legal dispute over who would represent the state of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Incumbent Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) conceded defeat to Democrat Al Franken, giving Democrats in the Senate a filibuster-proof 60 seat majority in the chamber. But where does the newest member of the Minnesota delegation stand on the issue of immigration? As early as 2006, Al Franken laid out his position on this urgent issue.

Yesterday we were happy to note that the Minnesota Supreme Court ended an 8-month epic legal dispute to determine who would represent the great state of Minnesota in the United States Senate. We were even happier to note that the newest member of the Senate and the Senate Judiciary Committee, often responsible for deciding immigration matters, appears to take a common-sense approach to the frequently-demagogued issue.

In the Senate, Sessions takes every opportunity to denounce comprehensive immigration reform, often in incendiary terms. The leading GOP Senator on the Judiciary Committee has aligned himself with people who bash immigrants and prioritize hate.

Guest blogger Rachel LaBruyere, from the Standing FIRM blog: “Friday was an aMAYzing day for me (see what I did there?). Even though I wasn’t in the streets marching with my compa�eros, I was here in the office with a bird’s eye view of May Day marches across the country. I received photos, stories, videos and excited phone calls from people on the ground from Los Angeles to New York. ”

Guest blogger Simon Rosenberg: “Senator Schumer is holding an important hearing: “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do it and How?” Here at NDN, we believe the answer to whether Congress can pass reform this year is “yes.” Below are seven reasons why.” Number one: “In tough economic times, we need to remove the “trap door” under the minimum wage.”

Farmworker Justice, an advocacy group for those who harvest our nation’s food, slammed a new series of midnight regulations by the Bush Administration. The regulations would slash wages and cut protections for the already-vulnerable workers who bring food to our tables. Now is not the time for throw-backs to bracero-era immigration policy. Congress must both reverse these midnight attacks on worker justice, and work toward a real, comprehensive reform in the 111th Congress.

So, as Tancredo touts his accomplishments during his 10-year career in the House of Representatives, let’s not forget the damage that his demagoguery has done to the Republican Party. Not to mention immigrant workers and families, Hispanics, and all attempts to pass sensible immigration reform in the last decade. It’s a relief to know that, even for the Republican Party, his immigration views were too extreme.

Snapshots of competitive House and Senate races in 2008 where the Republican candidate tried to use illegal immigration as a wedge issue against a Democratic challenger. Based on our review, 20 of 22 winners advocated immigration policies beyond enforcement-only.

’08 Election Status:

Open

Challengers:

Mark Udall-D
Bob Schaffer-R

2008 Cook Rating:

Toss-Up

2008 Rothenberg Rating:

Lean Democratic     

2004 Presidential Vote:

52%-47% Bush

% Latino Population:

19.7%

Candidate Websites:

Bob Schaffer
Mark Udall

‘08 Election Status:

Re-election

Challengers:

Kay Barnes (R)

Year Elected:

2000

2006 Election %:

61.6%

2008 Cook Rating:

Likely Republican

2008 Rothenberg Rating:

Lean Republican

2004 Presidential Vote:

57%-43% Bush

Latino Population:

2%

Latino Voting Population:

2.2%

Candidate Websites:

Sam Graves
Kay Barnes