Thursday, August 18, 2005

Democrats out on front on immigration

New Mexico Democrat Governor Bill Richardson and Arizona Democrat Governor Janet Napolitano have both declared a state of emergency because of increasing violence on the U.S.-Mexico border of their states. The move frees up state funding to increase security along the border and gives each governor the power to call in the National Guard.

This is a strong move from two Democratic governors. Richardson, a Hispanic, has long been seen as a potential presidential contender in 2008. I think there is movement about some democrats to take advantage of the endless debate within the Republican Party on this issue and try to un-brand it as a Republican issue. Secondly, why haven’t any Republican governors taken the same action? Both California and Texas have Republican governors who could put a lot of pressure on the President.


At 8/20/2005 7:12 PM, Blogger Roseville Conservative said...

This is a pure political ploy.

I blogged on this already. Both Richardson and Napolitano have pathetic records on immigration. They are just doing this now to give Hillary traction...

Napolitano was one of the plantiffs against Arizona Prop 200 which was upheld in court... denying Illegal aliens government services. In Fact, Napolitano blocked several pieces of legislation to curb illegal immigration.

Richardson did the same.

So, you have to ask yourself if this passes the smell test...

At 8/22/2005 10:35 AM, Blogger William C. Ferrell said...

Didn’t say that it did. But it makes for good headlines. I think Richardson might try to ‎make a run at the presidency in 2008 or at least position himself to be the Vice-‎Presidential nominee.‎


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