Illegal Immigration and Politics in the Land of Lincoln.

Illegal Immigration could be the deciding issue in 2 House races from the Land of Lincoln.

From The Chicago Tribune:

The American Immigration Law Foundation released a study Tuesday that estimates 81,000 undocumented immigrants live in those districts, with the 8th District seeing a 43 percent increase since 2000.

The first is the 6th Congressional District. The seat is currently held by Henry Hyde(R) who is retiring.   

The Candidates and thier position on Illegal Immigration:

Peter Roskam(R)

Step 1. Secure the border

I believe that efforts to secure our border are a vital first step to dealing with today’s immigration problem.

Peter Roskam

Step 2. Oppose Senator Kennedy’s Amnesty Bill.

The Congressional Budget Office reports that this legislation would cost $126 billion over the next 10 years.

  •   $24.5 billion in Tax Refunds (forgives 3 years on back taxes)

  • $15.4 billion in Medicare, Medicaid spending

  • $5.2 billion in guaranteed Social Security benefits

  • Requires the U.S. to get permission from Mexico to construct a barrier at the border

While I agree completely with Roskam’s stance on the border and on the Senate bill, he offers no insight as to what solution he might support in how to address the 11 million illegal aliens in the country now.  Nor does he discuss how to improve the pathetic record of law enforcement against those who hire illegal aliens.

Tammy Duckworth(D)
 tammy-duckworth.jpgMs Duckworth’s immigration stance as discussed on her campaign site does state that border security is a top priority for her, and she does have several good points to do that, though she does not support using National Guard troops to secure the border.  Instead whe would expand the use of UAV’s to better monitor the border.  While I agree that greater UAV support is necessary, National Guard troops provide an element that no UAV ever could.  A Deterrent effect.   She also is a supporter of the Senate bill which would give amnesty to illegal aliens.  Though she does not see it as amnesty since  the Senate bill imposes fines (she doesn’t mention that the bill forgives 3 years of back taxes that will far outweigh any fine  imposed).  In essence Ms Duckworth supports the passage of a law which forgives  lawbreakers and will encourage further  illegal immigration in hopes that they too will be forgiven in future “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation”

Polls for this race show a virtual tie, so the winner will be the candidate that can motivate their supporters and get out the vote on Nov 7th… My personal opinion is that Duckworth will lose by a narrow margin largely on this issue and on the fact that she does not reside in the district she wants to represent.

The 8th Congressional District features Incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean  vs Republican challenger Dave McSweeney. Neither Candidate list Immigration or illegal immigration on their campaign sites as one of the major issues of this campaign. Bean’s congressional voting record on the issue is very good, voting for Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006, Secure Fence Act of 2006, Border Security bill, & Real ID Act of 2005   

The Polls for this race have consistently shown Bean to be ahead, the latest Chicago Sun Times poll by 19 points.  The race is likely much be closer than that, but I still don’t see McSweeney being able to pull it out.  While immigration may be a big issue in the 8th congressional district, with McSweeney not even listing it as one of his primary issues on his web site, I honestly don’t see how the Chicago Tribune could come to the conclusion that it will be a decisive issue in this campaign. Especially with Bean being criticized by other Democrats for being too tough on immigration enforcement.  

For more info on Illegal Immigration see the Coalition Blog.. Here are some of the more recent posts by other coalition members:

From StikNStein: This New American………Sends us all a message… &
Mexico is becoming a third world country …..and it’s coming to a neighborhood near you.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let Brian know at what level you would like to participate.   

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    Illegal Immigration could be the deciding issue in 2 House races from the Land of Lincoln.
    From The Chicago Tribune:
    The American Immigration Law Foundation released a stud…

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    Illegal Immigration and Politics in the Land of Lincoln.

    Cross Posted by Morning Coffee
    Immigration and Politics in the Land of Lincoln.
    Illegal Immigration could be the deciding issue in 2 House races from the Land of Lincoln.
    From The Chicago Tribune:
    The American Immigration Law Foundation released a stud…

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