All you have to do is watch what the Times’ Ross Douhat calls “the human weather vane,” Sean Hannity.
It’s time for immigration reform.
The Dems have wanted it and the Republicans suddenly discovered Hispanics are not just a group sneaking over the border.
Lindsay Graham and Chuck Shumer are in negotiations right now on a comprehensive plan that includes:
Better border security An effective employer/employee screening system Harsh penalties for those employers who hire illegal immigrants A way to allow immigrants into the country as needed for employment A path to citizenship for those already here, if they speak English and don’t have a criminal record
After the fiscal cliff is avoided, the first order of business for President Obama should be immigration legislation. He’s got the Republicans just where he wants them on this issue, so strike now before the Right Wing Scream Machine gets into the act (though with Hannity sidelined, that’s one less odious voice).
Hope the Pres follows through on his promise to Hispanics, and takes advantage of the nearly-desperate-to-court-Hispanic Republicans.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.