Democratic activists and state lawmakers are working fast to make sure that illegal immigration is not an issue that can be used against them in elections next year, but the debate already is dogging some presidential candidates.
The Progressive States Network, a liberal advocacy and research group, released a strategy memorandum Thursday that outlines how Democrats can fight the outcry over illegal immigration in 2008. The paper urges Democratic candidates to emphasize the political and economic costs of aggressive anti-immigration proposals and to challenge attempts by Republicans to lump together the issues of illegal immigration and terrorism. The memo is part of the network's ongoing project to shape the immigration debate at the state level next year.
Progressive States Outreach Coordinator Marisol Thomer
talks about the states and immigration
on The Progressive News with John Scott on the Bay Area's Green 960.
The section with Marisol is just past halfway through the hour.
With health care ranking near the top of voters' concerns nationally,
state politicians around the country have been taking action to provide
better health insurance coverage. Some states have expanded existing
plans, such as Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance
Program (SCHIP), despite the Bush administration's resistance to both.
Others, like Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts, have recently launched
plans that combine both requiring and subsidizing insurance.