Amnesty debate hits state

first_imgState Sen. Tom McClintock, who is running for lieutenant governor, called the Senate bill “amnesty” for illegal immigrants and said he opposed it. He accused President George W. Bush of failing to protect U.S. borders and said illegal aliens should be deported. “There’s nothing radical about that,” said McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks. Former Assemblyman Tony Strickland, running for state controller, said he also opposes amnesty. Strickland, who represented the Thousand Oaks area, said he is not familiar with the details of the various bills in Congress, but said he might support a guest worker plan along the lines of the old Bracero program. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, running for state treasurer, also would support a guest worker program, and believes undocumented immigrants should be given some path to legalization, Dan Pellissier, . But, Pellissier said, “they should not be advantaged over people who have been following the rules all along.” his chief of staff,said [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mobilized by the divisive national debate on illegal immigration, Latino voters in California could topple Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in November and deal serious blows to other statewide GOP candidates, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez said Wednesday. In Washington to lobby the U.S. Senate for legislation that would legalize America’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, Nu ez said Schwarzenegger already alienated Latino voters by supporting the Minutemen volunteer border patrol project. “I think the governor is, at this point, trying to walk a tightrope,” Nu ez said. But Katie Levinson, spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign, said the governor’s support among Latinos remains strong. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“It’s unfortunate that Speaker Nu ez chose to launch blatant political attacks while visiting Washington, D.C.,” Levinson said. “The governor will continue the record of strong support in the Latino community based on a shared commitment on a variety of issues,” including comprehensive immigration reform. Nu ez’s visit came as the Senate opened debate on legislation beefing up border security while creating a program that would allow 400,000 low-skilled foreigners into the country annually and to stay in the U.S. while applying for green cards. California Republican analyst Allan Hoffenblum agreed with Nu ez that statewide GOP candidates run the risk of alienating Latino voters on immigration. “The problem that too many Republicans have is that they come across too shrill. They come across as anti-Mexican,” Hoffenblum said. “That’s what they have to be careful about. We in California know what happens when you come across as too shrill. You lose elections.” Republican candidates for statewide office offer a range of positions on illegal immigration. last_img