In Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, illegal immigration has become a hot issue not just in congressional races but in races for governor, attorney general and the state legislature.
In Arkansas the GOP's candidate for attorney general, Gunner DeLay, is blasting his Democratic opponent for supporting a bill as a state legislator that would allow children of illegal immigrants to take advantage of a state scholarship program. Democrat Dustin McDaniel calls the attacks against him "inflammatory and inaccurate."
Miniter believes that Republicans are hoping to win elections by running on an anti-immigration platform. He doesn't think that it will work and will eventually turn against them.
For Republicans on the state level, pushing anti-illegal immigration policies is dangerous political strategy that rarely delivers much more than short-lived gains. California Republicans went down the anti-illegal alien road and the party hasn't recovered since.
Miniter has a problem. He uses California as an illustration as to why anti-illegal immigration won't work. California is a liberal Democrat state. The state is controlled by voters in Los Angeles and San Francisco, who are extreme liberals. No way, no how would they vote to stop illegal immigration. However, in the more conservative states, the push to stop illegal immigration would work for Republicans. What will happen is the illegals will be pushed out of states controlled by Republicans and they will move to states controlled by Democrats. Those states will have their social services overwhelmed by illegals, forcing them to raise taxes. They'd have more crime, so they need more police and more taxes. The illegals will start taking over a lot of jobs so there'd be increased unemployment. Lovely picture, isn't it?