As we highlighted, yesterday Mitt Romney proudly trumpeted the endorsement of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) –the leading architect of costly and inhumane state-based, “papers, please” anti-immigration laws like Alabama’s and Arizona’s.

As we highlighted, yesterday Mitt Romney proudly trumpeted the endorsement of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) –the leading architect of costly and inhumane state-based, “papers, please” anti-immigration laws like Alabama’s and Arizona’s.

Last night’s Republican presidential debate, as expected, featured more fireworks over the issue of immigration and turned into a contest of who could talk tougher on the issue. In an attempt to defend his past household employment of an undocumented worker, Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) explained why he insisted his workforce be legal by saying, “I’m running for office for Pete’s sake, I can’t have illegals.”

Allegations that the Nevada Republican nominee for Governor, Brian Sandoval, may have employed an undocumented household worker is shining new light on the candidate’s disturbing immigration policy positions, and inviting comparisons to California Republican nominee for Governor, Meg Whitman. According to Think Progress, “Ana Padilla, a Nevada woman who immigrated from Guatemala illegally in 1986, has come forward to claim that Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval employed her while she was undocumented, and ‘never asked me for documentation.'”

The news that Lou Dobbs relied for years on undocumented labor on his sprawling New Jersey estate highlights the rank hypocrisy that characterizes many immigration reform opponents. The Dobbs revelations, coming soon after similar charges levied against California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman, highlights an uncomfortable truth: many of the same people who block progress toward fixing the broken immigration system are exploiting its dysfunction for their own benefit.

‘08 Election Status:

Open seat

Candidates:

State Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson (D)
Businessman Martin Ozinga (R)

2008 Cook Rating:

Toss-Up

2008 Rothenberg Rating:

Toss-Up/Tilt Democratic

2004 Presidential Vote:

53%-47% Bush

Latino Population:

7%

Latino Voting Population:

5%

Candidate Websites:

Debbie Halvorson
Martin Ozinga