Republicans in Washington claim their border-state hearings on illegal immigrants this summer are not a ploy to kill a reform bill.
I believe them.
The hearings are a ploy to win the November elections.
Immigration demagogy is Step Two of the Republican Survival Handbook this fall. (Step One is accusing Democrats of wanting to lose Iraq.)
It may work. And I hope it does.
Back in 1964, Lyndon Johnson said his Civil Rights Act would cost Democrats the South for a generation.
He was right.
Now Republicans are playing race politics again. But Democrats should just be patient.
Wait until the millions of Hispanic-American children reach voting age.
Until then, remind them and their families which party wanted to give them a chance to stay in America – and which party wanted to throw them out and build a wall.
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