Saturday, May 22, 2004

Immigrant Sensitive GOPers Facing Tough Times from Conservatives

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Immigrant Sensitive GOPers Facing Tough Times From Conservatives For Position

WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. May 21: Republican congressmembers all around the country are having to answer tough questions when it comes to immigration and where they stand, as they battle primary election challengers in their home states.

In conservative states around the nation, liberal and immigrant sensitive Republican congressmembers are being chastised for supporting legalization of the undocumented, a Washington Times report recently discovered.

The support is being equated with support for amnesty for “illegals” and being used to shore up opposition against the incumbent representatives.
Rep. Christopher B. Cannon, a Utah Republican and a prominent legalization supporter is among those feeling the fall-out for his support of undocumented immigrants working in some agricultural areas to gain legal status.

Cannon recently failed to win the required 60 percent of the vote at a Republican nominating convention a little more than a week ago and now faces a primary in June against Matt Throckmorton, a former state legislator who is running hard on the immigration issue.

In Arizona, the less conservative GOPers, Rep. Jim Kolbe and Rep. Jeff Flake, are also facing the fire for their support of a broad guest-worker program that would allow a path to citizenship for most illegal aliens in the United States.

Kolbe is being challenged by state Rep. Randy Graf while Flake will face Stan Barnes.

All of the challengers say the support amounts to amnesty for illegal behavior. Groups like the controversial, ProjectUSA, which was based in New York and then fled to Utah, are fanning the flames, putting up billboards with stark messages such as "Congressman Chris Cannon wants amnesty for illegal aliens."

And the Coalition for the Future American Worker paid for radio spots to spur up anger against Cannon’s liberal support.

But Cannon, according to the Washington Times, is standing his ground, stating recently, "The more we talk to folks, the better it is, and they understand we're not talking about amnesty — we're not talking about bringing millions of folks into the U.S."

And all three argue there is a need to fill jobs and legalize those who are undocumented here in the interest of national security.

Now it’s left to be seen whether they will hold their ground and stay true to their principles when the election day comes around. –


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