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To emphasize the point about illegal immigration ...
Posted by: mcq on Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A poll:
After years of simmering in the background, illegal immigration has quickly emerged as one of the key issues in Virginia's Nov. 6 election, particularly in Northern Virginia, where voters say they are seeking candidates who will address it, according to a new Washington Post poll.

Three-quarters of likely voters in Virginia said immigration is important to their votes in the election for state and local offices, while just a year ago, immigration ranked seventh of 10 listed issues in a Post poll before the U.S. Senate race. Since then, the percentage of Virginia voters calling immigration "extremely" or "very" important to their vote has jumped 15 points.
I don't think politicians who continue to ignore this or slip incremental amnesty acts into the mix realize that they're playing with fire. I certainly don't think VA is an outlier. This is a serious problem the electorate wants addressed and will be one of the top, if not the top domestic issue in the upcoming election. If Democrats stick with health care as their premier domestic issue and Republicans pick up on the immigration issue, it could lead to some surprises in some Congressional races. Positioning is still a little unsettled at the moment, but Republicans are indeed seemingly better positioned to take advantage of the issue than are Dems, especially when they're pushing legislation like the Dream Act.

Stay tuned.
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The Democrats probably look at that poll and think that "addressing the issue" means implementing thinly veiled amnesty. Hell, they still believe that the passion regarding this matter is a direct result of talk radio demagoguery. And, that most of the noise is from a very loud minority.

Incidentally, if that poll exemplifies national sentiment, I wonder how McCain’s recent progress is explained. Presumably his dismal numbers from earlier were mostly tied to his position on amnesty.
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MSM’s got their backs. Out of sight, out of mind.
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It’s not "out of sight" though.

I live in Northern Virginia, and the local races around here are interesting. Several people running for County Board of Supervisors have "fighting illegal immigration" on their campaign signs. We traveled to the more rural western end of the county last weekend and *some* of those signs read "for controlled growth" and "slowing sprawl".

Our county, Prince William, held a 12 hour long Board meeting before voting unanimously to prohibit taxpayer-funded services to illegals. Across the river in Maryland, the police are noting an increase in the number of Virginia license plates on the road, supposedly as the illegals begin looking to migrate to a friendlier location.

In Maryland, the politicians aren’t getting the message and talking about "hate" and "discriminatory" legislation, etc. They talk about being "immigrant friendly". They also don’t hear their own residents speaking out in the op-ed pages and town meetings about wanting the same sort of restrictions on illegals that other places are implementing.

Maryland is talking about large tax-hikes. They’re also trying to push in-state tuitions for illegals. It’s not sitting well with the people who pay taxes.
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