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Dems' tough new immigration pitch


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Jul 31, 2005
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So now they are going to be sneaky in passing another so called compromise bill. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if are calling illegals "undocumented workers", undocumented immigrants", "undocumented Americans"or just "immigrants" then are the last person people should ever trust to actually fix the illegal immigration problem. I also think this idea the dems have of just letting illegals register is still code for amnesty. This article doesn't speak of any change of the pro-illegals other than just the language being used.

Dems' tough new immigration pitch - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com
Long pilloried for being soft on illegal immigration, top Democratic officials have concluded there’s only one way they can hope to pass a comprehensive immigration bill:

Talk more like Republicans.

They’re seizing on the work of top Democratic Party operatives who, after a legislative defeat in 2007, launched a multiyear polling project to craft an enforcement-first, law-and-order, limited-compassion pitch that now defines the party’s approach to the issue.

The 12 million people who unlawfully reside the country? Call them “illegal immigrants,” not “undocumented workers,” the pollsters say.

Strip out the empathy, too. Democrats used to offer immigrants “an earned path to citizenship” so hardworking people trying to support their families could “come out of the shadows.” To voters, that sounded like a gift, the operatives concluded.

Now, Democrats emphasize that it’s “unacceptable” to allow 12 million people to live in America illegally and that the government must “require” them to register and “get right with the law.” That means three things: “Obey our laws, learn our language and pay our taxes” — or face deportation.


Even then, the poll-tested words and phrases will only go so far if Democrats fail to exert discipline and unify behind the get-tough message. And at this point, not all immigration reform advocates have bought into the rhetorical hard line, which aims squarely at winning the political center. Even Sharry, who spearheaded the effort, declines the advice of pollsters to excise “undocumented workers” from his lexicon, saying it feels too much like it plays into conservative efforts to “dehumanize” immigrants.

Dems' tough new immigration pitch - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com

“When [voters] hear ‘undocumented worker,’ they hear a liberal euphemism, it sounds to them like liberal code,” said Drew Westen, a political consultant who has helped Sharry hone the message through dial testing. “I am often joking with leaders of progressive organizations and members of Congress, ‘If the language appears fine to you, it is probably best not to use it. You are an activist, and by definition, you are out of the mainstream.’”

The shift in language is one of the more dramatic changes in the Democratic strategy since foes of comprehensive immigration outmaneuvered the party in 2007, dealing an embarrassing legislative defeat that set back the cause years. But the tougher tone is only one outcome of a broader effort by Democrats and immigration reform advocates to prepare for the next round of battle.

Read more: Dems' tough new immigration pitch - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com
If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it is a .... . The PC has gone to far in this country. It is one reason I stopped taking the AZ news paper (AZ Republic). They became so left in what they published. No amenesty. No free Ride. Rationale Immigration reform tied to our security is what we need.

I am still waiting to here how the Dems or the Repubs will secure our border. IMO, it is one issue to deal with the x million illegals who are here. It is another to stop the influx of illegals into the US. Without stopping or drastically reducing the numbers entering each day, the other "reform" is meaningless. Secure our borders, then deal with the ones in the country.
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