Will Politicians Take Amnesty or Enforcement with Immigration Reform
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2011 – The voting patterns this year were unusual and likely predictive of the face of the government in 2012. African American voters stuck with the Democrats, while Hispanics voters supported Republicans.
“One of the more interesting things to note as fallout from the mid-term election is the election of two Republican governors, Susana Martinez in New Mexico and Brian Sandoval in Nevada. Even more interesting is a recent remark made by Francisco Canseco, an elected majority seat holder in Texas, offering his thoughts on CIR. In a nutshell, he does not think the nation needs immigration reform. This is quite the departure from what appears to be mainstream thinking,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida.
Canseco feels pursuing CIR will get the Hispanics about as far as it did in 1986, which is virtually nowhere. Instead, what happened, and history bears this out, is that the country got at least another 12 million or more illegal immigrants. Over the years since 1986, not much has been done to change the situation, other than making it into a political football and a flash point for voters in various elections.
Will this latest line of thinking, that the country needs to enforce the existing laws, solve the immigration problems? Will backing border patrols and other enforcement measures ultimately protect the country from illegal aliens? These are “loaded for bear” questions that have no answer that will please everyone, as on the other side of the (border patrol) fence, there are those who feel that the human rights issues involved in this current and continuing mess are paramount.
“Frankly, the largest camp involved in the CIR debate is the legalization one. Their vote carries an enormous impact at the polls; an impact that is slowly changing the face of government once again in an attempt to address the CIR issue. Unfortunately, dealing with this is a bit like grabbing a tiger by the tail and just hanging on for the ride. You don’t always win and you may or may not come out OK on the other side,” Rifkin said.
About the only thing that anyone can say for sure about the current state of CIR is that it is still in fluctuation. Virtually every day, someone has a different idea on how to handle it. If the latest pundits who suggest the nation does not need it prevail, the country may well revert back to the way things were in 1986. It gives more credence to the old saying that “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”
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