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THE MUSINGS OF A TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Illegal Immigration Issue is an Iceberg Ahead for the Democrats.

David Broder writes in The Washington Post:

As the Democratic presidential race finally gets down to brass tacks, [an issue is] becoming paramount. . . .

That is the issue of illegal immigration. A very smart Democrat, a veteran of the Clinton administration, told me that he expects it to be a key part of any Republican campaign and that he is worried about his party's ability to respond.

I think he has good reason to worry. The failure of the Democratic Congress, like its Republican predecessor, to enact comprehensive immigration reform, including improved border security, has left individual states and local communities to struggle with the problem. Some are showing a high degree of tolerance and flexibility. Others are being more punitive. But all of them are running into controversy.

I noticed a new Siena College Research Institute poll of registered voters in New York. It found heavy opposition to Gov. Eliot Spitzer's proposal to permit undocumented aliens to obtain driver's licenses; nearly two-thirds opposed the latest version.

That is New York, home state of both Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani.

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