Monday, April 14, 2008

Immigration is new affirmative action.

The comparison between affirmative action/racial preferences and immigration shows similar challenges for presidential candidates, especially Democrats. In both cases, key portions of the Democratic base — blacks on affirmative action and Hispanics on immigration — feel strongly about the issue and contrary to the general public.

In addition, once the political discussion moves from the general concept to specific ways of implementing it, the politics get messy.

With affirmative action/racial preferences, when the debate turned to specific programs that gave minorities an edge, the issue began to hurt those — mostly Democrats — who supported them.

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