Republican Presidential Candidates on Immigration in Politico/NBC Debate (Video)

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It took me some time to search around for this so I thought I'd share it here with folks looking for the same thing. The video embedded below should start playing at 1:00:35, but if it doesn't just skip to there to see what Republicans have to see about U.S. immigration policy:



The overall agreement on focusing on border security first is just filled with lies and logical fallacies. It's a lie to say that communities along the border aren't safer than they've ever been, and it's a fallacy to believe that you can stop unauthorized migration across the border without fixing the broken immigration system. What's worse, people who have done the research on the border have shown that beefing up border security has probably done a lot more to keep unauthorized migrants in than to keep them out. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately in this case, politics has never been about truth, but about power.
With Obama's skyrocketing deportations and falling approval numbers among Latin@s, a Republican president could very well have the incentive and the power to provide some relief to migrant communities. It's a hard choice for a Latin American leftist like myself to make, but it's something I have to seriously consider as a pro-migrant voter. I will, of course, be working hard to get Scott Brown unelected here in Massachusetts after he voted against the DREAM Act.

Mitt Romney, from his time here in Massachusetts as well as his performance in the last presidential primary, strikes me as a particularly dangerous front-runner for pro-migrant voters. I believe Jon Huntsman is the most pro-migrant Republican candidate, followed by Newt Gingrich despite his nativist record when he was in Congress. Unfortunately, the chances don't look good for either of those two candidates. Rick Perry has a real chance at competing for pro-migrant voters with Barack Obama, but his views on everything else, particularly climate change, strike me as particularly dangerous. I'm not sure where he stands on foreign policy or trade issues, agricultural subsidies being another issue I particularly care about, but what I do know about where he stands would make it a tough vote for me to even consider.

Fortunately, we've got some time. All I ask, at this point, is that pro-migrant folks keep an open mind. The two-party system is broken in many ways, but it's how this country is run, and we only hurt ourselves if we refuse to engage. Despite its problems there are a lot of complexities at the local, state, and national level, that are important to be aware of and perhaps use to our advantage. Don't let the party labels confuse you. There are a lot of nativist Democrats and pro-migrant Republicans, and our strongest position is to continue to have both parties compete for those pro-migrant votes.

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