San Jose Mercury News has it right, in an editorial entitled GOP should quit playing games with immigration. There was a time when there was some leadership within the Republican party on the immigration issue. McCain spoke to the issue well, and even George Bush got it. But now McCain has changed his focus to emphasizing the border wall, even though it is estimated that half the illegal immigrants enter the country legally as visitors. We hope that pro-immigration Republican voices will soon surface. It is well known that immigrants create jobs, wealth, and prosperity for all Americans. (03/17/08).
Editorial: GOP should quit playing games with immigrationThe Mercury News
March 17, 2008
Immigration should be a bigger issue in the presidential campaign. But it's shameful that Republican lawmakers are trying to pump it up for purely political gain.
The maneuvers involve crackdown legislation aimed at dividing Democrats and pushing Sen. John McCain into a harsher anti-immigrant stance.
This enforcement-only approach fails to advance true reform that would benefit the nation's economy. Reform should include a path to legalization for people already established here, a guest worker program for desperately needed farmworkers and more visas for skilled technical workers. Those were all part of legislation McCain co-authored with Sen. Ted Kennedy that died in June.
Senate Republicans introduced a package of bills that call for more deportations, more border guards and some purely mean-spirited provisions, like ending language assistance at federal agencies. Let's get serious.
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