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April 11, 2006

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Now here are some numbers for you: on immigration, 38 percent of Americans trust Republicans, 50 percent trust the Democrats. 61 percent disagree with Bush's handling of the issue, and nearly 70 percent think immigrants are taking jobs Americans don't want, rather than stealing positions natives covet. I don't have trend lines for this, so I don't know how much is simple ricochet from the GOP's demonstrated incompetence on every other issue facing our polity, but if the right thought they were going to demagogue this through 2006, they've got some work to do.

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Polling this sort of thing is hard, because no one wants to admit that they're a racist/homophobe/xenophobe.

And as with most polarizing issues, the only people who will vote on it are the ones who feel directly threatened ... in this case, the xenophobes and the immigrants.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Apr 11, 2006 12:15:53 PM

I wonder if it would be helpful to give people numbers before they are polled. For example, 1 in 5 contruction jobs are illegal immigrants. 1-6 hotel/restaurant. 1 in 4 etc.

Posted by: Adrock | Apr 11, 2006 12:51:54 PM

The only policy thing that seems to unite a substantial majority is 'securing the border', which the Dems accept and the Repubs require. The quotes out of the House from Repubs suggest that they will try to focus just on that issue this year.

Since it is very unclear if we can really, practically secure the border (and the seas), and we surely can't do this quickly (in a couple of years), this issue won't go away - but maybe the current Congress will just ignore the whole matter - a very good thing for all, perhaps.

The Repubs in the House won't accept any legalization program for those currently in the country, and the Dems won't/shouldn't accept only a border-closing program with legalization of some kind.

Here's to deadlock, until a new Congress changes the party dynamics.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 11, 2006 1:10:15 PM

correcting my comment above:

"the Dems won't/shouldn't accept only a border-closing program without legalization of some kind."

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 11, 2006 1:11:53 PM

Usually, when starting a project, the most helpful thing you can do is determine your objectives. Since this is starting in the middle, I expect a muddle.

Posted by: opit | Apr 12, 2006 3:50:05 AM

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