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Friday, December 02, 2005

The GOP and Immigration

From the New York Times:

Employers in the United States will soon be given a more reliable way to verify the immigration or citizenship status of new hires, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday. That system will then be followed up with tougher enforcement of immigration laws, he said.

"We owe the employers tools to verify their employees in a prompt and accurate manner," Mr. Chertoff said during a news conference. "Once we give them those tools, though, they owe it to us to use those tools, and if they don't, we then have to sanction them."

Mr. Chertoff provided little detail on how the system would work, saying only that an announcement would be made in the next several weeks.

There's also this from the Republicans:

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman urged his party Thursday to oppose rising anti-immigrant sentiments in the debate over border security and illegal immigration, suggesting that the GOP risks being on the wrong side of history and electoral politics alike if it embraces an exclusionary message.

Also, NPR has a story on the GOP's division (a.k.a. schizophrenia) on the issue of immigration:

This week, President Bush resurrected the debate over imimgration policy with speeches urging a guest worker program and tighter security. Bush's tone on the issue has changed since he addressed it last year, reflecting divisions within the Republican party.

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