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May 1st, 2010
This piece was originally published in National Journal.
Politics is about seizing opportunities.
When a California health insurance company hiked individual premiums as much as 39 percent in February, congressional Democrats seized the opportunity to showcase the urgency of health care reform. Last month, when the Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit against Goldman Sachs alleging fraud, Democrats seized the opportunity to build momentum for financial regulation.
Now Democrats are warning that the federal government had better pass reasonable legislation to deal with illegal immigration, or else. Or else what? Or else more states could pass Arizona-style immigration laws that threaten to turn America into a police state. The Arizona statute authorizes the police to detain anyone who appears to be an illegal immigrant and isn’t carrying documents that prove otherwise.
Tags: Arizona, California, climate-change legislation, financial regulation, Gov. Jan Brewer, Gov. Janet Napolitano, Gov. Pete Wilson, health care reform, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, immigration, latinos, Mexico, New Mexico, Operation Gatekeeper, President Obama, Proposition 187, racial profiling, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Texas, Tim Kaine Posted in General Interest, Social Policy & Politics Program