In an op-ed, Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal speculates that the issue of illegal immigration has faded from prominence in the 2008 presidential campaign because voters are generally "pro-immigrant but ambivalent about it." Riley says American culture is under assault not from immigrants, but from "liberal elites who reject the concept of assimilation."
Speakers: Edward Alden, Adam Roberts, and Cristina Rodriguez Presider: Thomas F. Cooley
Watch a panel of experts discuss the role of the immigration debate in the 2008 presidential election. This is the third in a series of public meetings sponsored by CFR.org, the Economist, and NYU's Stern School of Business.
David R. Ayon, an expert in U.S.-Latino politics, says while Hispanics don’t vote or think as a block, the defensive posture they assume against the immigration backlash aimed at them may impact their vote.
Ryan Lizza in the New Yorker writes that "the emergence of Tancredoism" in the immigration debate among frontrunning Republican candidates for president is a surprising development and indicates one more way in which GOP faithful are rejecting George W. Bush's approach to the issue.
This debate between Republican candidates was held at the University of Miami in Florida. Questions were asked in Spanish and simultaneously translated into English. It was broadcast by Univision; this transcript was provided by the Wall Street Journal.
Prospects for immigration reform have failed, and mostly because many of the proposed reforms had already been tried, unsuccessfully, with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. If amnesty is no longer possible, we should instead work to raise the comfort level of immigrants closer to levels of what citizenship brings, argues Jagdish Bhagwati.
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