I don't often agree with Matt Stoller in matters of primary politics. But I have to admit he has uncovered some fairly questionable comments on immigration made by our own favorite House candidate - Larry Kissell. See below the fold.
This is very sad.
In an email sent out to some Kissell supporters on October 07, 2006 by his campaign manager Leanne Powell with the subject heading "Please be on the look out for Hayes Commercial" was this paragraph clarifying Kissell's position on immigration (emphasis mine throughout):
"As for immigration Larry's position is more conservative the [sic] Congressman Hayes. Mr. Hayes supports the President's amnesty plan and protection of businesses that employ illegals. Larry says our immigration policy should be based in sound public policy not hate, that said, he believes that we have to secure our borders, deport illegals, prosecute those that bring them over the border and hold employers responsible that employ them. Larry believes that illegal aliens are just that-- illegal and to offer amnesty is to penalize the law abiding people waiting patiently and following the rules to be able to persue [sic] the American Dream."
And then there's this, from Kissell's website.
"Kissell's immigration plan will use the vast technology resources of the newly formed Homeland Security Department to identify and track down illegal immigrants...."
I like Larry Kissell a lot, and I gave him money last cycle. Calling for the deporting and/or demonizing of immigrants though is problematic. It's morally atrocious and it's politically unsound for progressives and Democrats. Perhaps it'll work to get Kissell elected, and I hope he beats Robin Hayes, but our candidates shouldn't have this as a mandate.
I agree with Matt. There are ways to address the immigration issue without playing to the lowest common denominator. Claiming to be to Hayes' right on this issue is nothing to be proud about.
I would think a Civics teacher would understand this.