Carol Platt Liebau: The Dem Dilemma

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Dem Dilemma

The MSM is discovering that the immigration issue doesn't necessarily cut against Republicans -- as this piece in US News & World Report and this piece in the LA Times highlight.

On the one hand, Democrats are eager to bring Latinos firmly into their coalition, and believe that the way to do so is to show interest in illegal immigrant-friendly policies (that, in itself, may be an incorrect assumption; many legal Latino immigrants resent the "line jumping" of illegals). On the other hand, as the linked pieces emphasize, many independent voters are firmly opposed to open borders and other liberal immigration policies -- and the Democrats need those people to be able to win nationwide.

It's going to be a difficult needle for them to thread. Indeed, it strikes me that it's much easier for Republicans to come up with a coherent position on immigration -- we welcome and appreciate legal immigrants, but don't countenance illegal immigration -- than for the Democrats.


Blogger LarryD said...

All the polls I've seen show the "Hispanic" community closely divided on this subject. So it is, and always has been, a wash. Shouldn't be any surprise, a lot of Hispanics have been Americans since before the Civil War.

And "Hispanic" just means you have a Spanish surname, it's a really artificial grouping.

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