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  •  I wonder if the AFL CIO (0+ / 0-)

    is the one who has been pushing the idea of waiting till February 2009. If the bill were worse or the same in February 2009, would people then say wait till the year 2011. Sununu in Maine, and Allard in Colorado are the only places where a Democratic defeat of a Republican will change the vote to a pro-immigrant stance. Smith, Collins, Coleman, Domenici, Warner, Stevens, Hagel could all lose to a Democrat, but the pro-immigrant vote will not increase, because Smith, Collins, Coleman, Domenici, Warner, Stevens, Hagel all vote pro-immigrant. Check the votes from last year if you'd like. The time is now. Nativist groups will attack a future Democratic president as an "Amnesty President". They will say this over and over. This will hurt a future Democratic president in other issues.I'd much prefer to do this now with Bush as political cover.
    The laws and postions of a temporary worker program will be fought over, and over, and over again. The laws will change over this program constantly. I don't believe we should quibble over a program that could be altered in as few as 5 years.

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