While a new poll found 63 percent of those surveyed support allowing longtime immigrants to apply for legal status, conservative Republicans pushed through a punitive immigration bill in December that would build a 700-mile wall along the Mexican border and declare illegal immigrants felons.
And our local conservative Republican congressman, WA-08 Rep. Dave Reichert, voted for it.
Of course, that’s to be expected of Reichert, who during his brief congressional career has voted 94 percent of the time with Tom DeLay and the conservative GOP leadership. On immigration, like on most other issues, Reichert and his colleagues are clearly out of step with mainstream Americans, let alone the more moderate constituency of his home district. Indeed, Americans for Better Immigration – a conservative organization dedicated to reducing immigration into the U.S. – graded Reichert an “A” for his recent anti-immigrant efforts.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
"Reichert voted for punitive immigration bill"
Goldy tells it: