A Hearing and Rallies Over a Law in Arizona
From the New York Times
Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Doomed Immigration Gambit
From Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast
Hundreds of chanting demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court
on Wednesday, denouncing an Arizona immigration law
that was under debate inside, saying it would spread fear among Latinos in the state. Protesters from Latino communities in Arizona, carrying crosses and images of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patroness of Mexico, called on the justices to strike down the disputed provisions of the law, warning that they could unleash a wave of discrimination in the state.
Marco Rubio’s Dream Act alternative a challenge for Obama on illegal immigration
From Peter Wallsten at Washington Post
Mitt wants to shake the Etch a Sketch on immigration, proving he’s really a moderate after all. Too bad he’s just too white to pull it off. It seems clear that the main issue Mitt Romney is going to use to try to reestablish himself as a moderate is immigration
. He told a private audience on April 15
that "we have to get Hispanic voters to vote for our party" and warned that current polling "spells doom for us." Then, on Monday, he made himself available to the media for the first time in a month—while standing beside Florida Senator Marco Rubio
, a leading veepstakes name. Can Romney, who staked out an immigration position during the primaries that left him sounding like Pat Buchanan, really pull this off? My bet: He’ll be smooth, he’ll do almost everything right, he’ll say all the right things—and he’ll end up with something very much like the 31 percent
of the Latino vote John McCain got, maybe two or three points more, tops. The reason is simple: Romney, like his party
, is just too white.
Supreme Court may uphold part of Arizona immigration law
From Chicago Tribune
Gaby Pacheco, a vocal immigrant activist, accepted a tantalizing invitation last week from an unlikely source: Republican Sen. Marco Rubio
wanted her to help craft a bill that could legalize the children of some illegal immigrants. Two hours later, Pacheco and other activists got a different pitch from their more familiar White House allies. Be wary of Rubio
and his plan, two of President Obama’s top advisers told them in a meeting. It wouldn’t go far enough and wasn’t likely to succeed.
In oral arguments, both liberal and conservative justices indicate they may maintain a provision of the Arizona law that tells police to check the immigration status of people they stop. U.S. Supreme Court
justices strongly suggested they would uphold a provision in Arizona's tough immigration law that tells police to check whether people they stop for some other reason are in this country legally.