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March 1, 2006

Western governors endorse immigration reform

Filed under: Border Security,State and Local HLS — by Christian Beckner on March 1, 2006

The Western Governors Association issued a policy resolution yesterday on the issue of immigration reform. The resolution includes support for a guest worker program but opposed blanket amnesty. And it includes provisions to strengthen border security and improve worksite enforcement.

From an AP story on the resolution:

The group that represents 18 western states passed the policy resolution unanimously while meeting at the National Governors Association annual conference. The vote came as the Senate prepares to take up immigration legislation this spring.

“When you think about issues that impact the West, this immigration issue is really the top issue right now,” said Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, who chairs the Western governors group.

“We believe that some of the rhetoric coming out of our nation’s capitol vis a vis illegal immigration is unfounded and unwise, and what we really need is a very comprehensive approach to this issue,” she said.

The unanimity of opinion on this issue by the governors contrasts sharply with the general outlook in the House of Representatives on this issue. Perhaps this divergence of opinion is likely due to the different perspective that governors have, since they have to balance budgets each year, and they know that legal work means taxable income and more money for states.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 2, 2006 @ 4:11 am

There is in fact a bi-partisan immigration policy in effect. That is to severely underfund efforts to assist the countries from which the majority of illegals come and to underfund and understaff the Border Patrol and ICE. The question is will the policy be changed? Too many of the interests benefit from the current system.

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