Monday, February 13

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY: TOP ISSUES AMONG CONSERVATIVES

According to a Fox News' story, the president of the American Conservative Union, David Keene, indicates that the twin issues of illegal immigration and border security score among 85% of conservatives as the primary political issues facing Republicans and that President Bush's stubborn insistence on a Guest Worker Program is a source of irritation to them.

Keene said he estimates that 85 percent of conservatives consider illegal immigration and border security the primary issue to be addressed, and they don't agree with the president's plan to allow illegal immigrants living in the United States to stay in the country with temporary work visas.

Top officers of The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and the Eagle Forum concur:

"It is important for the Republican Party to realize that … we have a public safety issue here," said Simcox, who warned that conservatives could turn to third party candidates who make opposition to illegal immigration a cornerstone of their campaigns.

"I think there is apprehension when we get away from our conservative message," said Jessica Echard, executive director of the conservative Eagle Forum. "The White House is not good on the immigration issue. That's the clearest example."

All the more reason, I suggest to readers of ACSOL, that we all get behind Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who has been leading the charge in Congress on the illegal immigration and border security front.