I usually stay away from immigration as a topic simply because I find a bit of merit in so many different points of view. I also stay away from it because I haven't researched it and can't speak to the facts, or even link to them for that matter. I'm so ignorant and conflicted on this point I should probably just quit right now, but I think this may be an important issue for the fall elections and probably one we shouldn't just drop.
Follow me to the flip side...
I can tell you only one thing. I am against the Sue Myrick, shoot-first-ask-questions-later brand of immigration reform. Initially, it lacked appeal simply because Myrick was posturing and grandstanding. She was and is using this issue for political purposes. This might not hurt Myrick in her particular district, but I'm thinking some of her fellow Republicans are wishing she'd shut her yap because it's a sticky issue in other areas of this state.
All this started when I read this particular letter to the editor in The Charlotte Observer. Tom Lloyd of Matthews asks Myrick to prove that illegal immigrants are hurting our community. He's right. We've seen no statistics from legitimate studies, only Myrick's continuous stream of hate-filled, anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric.
I have to admit, I only checked one other online paper in North Carolina, but to my surprise the Greensboro News & Record has an article posted today and some of those folks working in the employment industry refute some of the illegal immigrant=bad rhetoric we hear from Myrick and her ilk.
I'm not going to summarize the article because I need to follow up on some of their references to studies. It's certainly worth a read if you have a few minutes this morning. I have two questions for you.
1. What are your feelings about the illegal immigration issue and how do we resolve the issue in a way that is fair/equitable to everyone?
2. Is illegal immigration a hot topic that has the potential to divide the Republican party this fall and should we use it to our advantage?