2005 October 29 Saturday
Immigration Issue In Virginia Gubernatorial Race

In a very close gubernatorial race the Republican candidate is accusing the Democratic candidate of being soft on illegal immigration.

RICHMOND, Oct. 28 -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore unveiled a television ad Friday evening that focuses on immigration and blasts Democrat Timothy M. Kaine for supporting taxpayer-financed day-laborer centers and in-state tuition discounts for undocumented immigrants.

Kaine's campaign responded immediately, saying that the commercial misrepresents the lieutenant governor's views.

Kaine claims he's against in-state tuition for illegals. But he makes an exception for children brought here by their illegal parents. Well, er, those children are probably the bulk of those illegals seeking to get in-state tuition. So Kilgore's claim sounds pretty accurate.

The important point about this report is that immigration is becoming an issue in election races and candidates see the pro-illegal immigration label as an electoral liability. As long as immigration does not become an election issue wealthy people with vested interests in cheap labor can buy politicians to lower immigration barriers. But the broad public wants less immigration, not more. In close races immigration is going to pop up more in reaction to increasing public unhappiness about elite contempt for popular views on immigration policy.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2005 October 29 06:57 PM  Immigration Politics


Comments
PaulF said at October 30, 2005 5:55 AM:
The important point about this report is that immigration is becoming an issue in election races and candidates see the pro-illegal label immigration as an electoral liability.

Bush seems absolutely determined to try to force his guest worker program on the country. That will probably go as well as his attempts to ram through Social Security privatization and Hariet Meirs.

Bush seems determined to make himself the lamest lame duck president in decades.
daveg said at October 30, 2005 6:24 AM:

Polls seem to show this is a close race. I hope Kilgore wins, as I can just hear the WSJ carping how "the american public doesn't want immigration hate mongers," even though the race was probably won or lost on other issues and the immigration issue was a big plus for Kilgore.

Marvin said at October 30, 2005 6:42 AM:

Democrats are total hypocrites about immigration. They want to give away the entire country to illegals. Republicans aren't much better. Come to think of it, I haven't seen many libertarians actually doing anything about the illegals.
Let's elect some of the guys manning the borderlands to public office. That might give us the shakeup we need.

Ivan Kirigin said at October 30, 2005 8:30 AM:

"I haven't seen many libertarians actually doing anything about the illegals."

Not many libertarians in office...

"Bush seems determined to make himself the lamest lame duck president in decades."

Roberts is seen as a success. We'll see about the alternative. Tax reform is coming up. If they pass anything at all in the correct direction, I'll be happy with it. Remember: there are 3 years left...

daveg said at October 30, 2005 9:28 AM:

Roberts is seem as a success

We won't know if Roberts was a success for several years.


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