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  •  Arnold voted for Prop 187 (3+ / 0-)
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    From the Weekly Standard

    IT IS AN ARTICLE OF FAITH among political journalists that Proposition 187, the 1994 initiative approved by California voters to deny illegal immigrants state benefits, was poison to the Republican party. Somehow the measure, though endorsed by 59 percent of voters and many GOP candidates, is bad politics. So it was inevitable that when Arnold Schwarzenegger ventured into the governor's race, the Los Angeles Times would blare: "Actor voted for the divisive '94 initiative, a move that could alienateLatinos. But analysts say it might help him with hard-core conservatives."

    Former Governor Pete Wilson was co-chair of Arnold's campaign and later became his press person. Wilson like Arnold is considered a moderate Republican. Nevertheless, Prop 187 was Wilson's baby.  And the immigration issue has great appeal to conservative republicans. In April, 2005, with his polls sagging,  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blurted out that California should "close the borders" with Mexico to control illegal immigration. Later Schwarzenegger apologized, saying he had "misspoke" and meant to say "secure the border".

    The immigration issue is HUGE in CA-50, the seat formerly occupied by Randy Duke Cunningham. The three top Republican candidates in the special election list immigration as one of the top issues on their websites. This is significant because of what issues they do not mention: Iraq, Katrina, Social Security or NSA spying.  Iraq never even had a mention in any tv campaign commercials.  How could Iraq not be mentioned in any congressional campaign in 2006?

    How did immigration trump these issues in the hearts and minds of the voters in CA-50?  It's the new gay- an emotion laden issue spread by fear-mongering right wing radio that has a strong grip on the republican faithful.

    This time around the republicans are leaning heavily on the word ILLEGAL, as  in the phrase "illegal immigration".  Like race, illegal is a designation assigned by a more powerful group to make the other group of people seem less like them- less worthy of the rights and respect afforded to all human beings.  Because they are illegal, it makes it  OK to abuse and subjugate the other group.

    It will be very interesting to see how these groups respond to allegations of Arnold acting illegally as an immigrant.

    •  Seriously. (2+ / 0-)
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      raatz, Duke1676

      Racism is an issue here, and I agree that the millions of illegal immigrants who have been allowed to break our laws and work in this country for poverty wages by unscrupulous companies deserve to be treated humanely.

      I seem them as mostly victims of exploitation rather than as criminals.

      That said, we cannot continue to absorb millions of unskilled people into our economy without end. Our current immigration policy (if you can call it a policy) is insanity.

      "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players" - Ben Domenech

      by Brownian Motion on Sun Apr 23, 2006 at 12:44:40 PM PDT

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      •  Which is why: (1+ / 0-)
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        We need to work to get rid of NAFTA as well as create a US Department of Peace to train people to help the Mexicans and others develop their own economy. It would be a good way to bypass the corrupt governmental mechanisms. Also, funding microcredit loans would be a good idea as well.

        There are many ways to stop immigration that do not involve laws, fences, or stigmatization.

        •  I almost agree with you. (0+ / 0-)

          The border needs some level of security.

          Motion sensors, at a minimum.

          It just doesn't make sense to allow people to enter the country undetected.

          "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players" - Ben Domenech

          by Brownian Motion on Sun Apr 23, 2006 at 04:29:48 PM PDT

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          •  That would cost a lot of money. (0+ / 0-)

            And it wouldn't address the problem. If all we did was put in motion sensors, they could always be sabatoged. And many immigrants than come here illegally are like Ahnold -- they overstay their visas.

            And no immigration plan will work when we have an INS that is not fully funded. Our first priority should be to fully fund them so they can enforce the laws already on the books. That means going after employers who knowingly hire these people.

    •  we talked about oppressive language before (1+ / 0-)
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      this is very true.
      When an undocumented worker dies in the desert trying to cross into the US, the newspaper has a tendency to refer to them as "illegal alien" dies in desert. Instead of Mexican National or anything other than illegal. Why can't people be given dignity even in death?
      Why are they illegally dying?
      Language can be used to oppress people, and calling someone an alien, although technically correct, it can mean both an extraterrestrial and a immigration status. Both are negative frames.
      I think using the word illegal over and over again, and showing people jumping the border fence on Lou Dobbs every night, feeds negative images about the Latino community in general.
      Although Lou Dobbs goes to great lengths to differentiate between legal and illegal immigration, everyone knows this is a very broad brush, and everyone with dark skin is getting pegged as less than human. Worthy of abuse and not worthy of the same rights as others. Like the unotuchables in India.
      Republican pollsters have figured out that the subtlety of calling people illegal works in thier favor, at the expense of all Latinos, legal or illegal.
      I wonder what Lakoff would say about this.

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