Dean--Republican Party will scapegoat immigrants in the 2006 electionAs usual, Dean is all talk, but I don't see the Democratic party doing any better at coming up with real solutions to the illegal immigration problem and the many other problems that arise from that? And don't tell me more welfare, and free money is a solution.
Throwing more money at a problem does not solve anything. If immigration becomes a subject for the 2006 elections it will be because it is a major problem. Security, economic prosperity, and equal opportunities under the guidance of the law are values that we all have in common--including law-abiding, voting Latinos.
So, bring it on. We are not afraid of talking about the subject. Let's propose real solutions.
PHILADELPHIA -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean predicted Tuesday that the Republican Party will scapegoat immigrants in the 2006 election.
In a speech to an influential Hispanic organization, Dean said that Republican-sponsored immigration legislation and escalating rhetoric on the issue are part of the latest GOP effort to use fear as a political tactic.
Republicans tried to scare people in 2002 by talking about "race quotas" instead of affirmative action and tried to scare people in 2004 by putting ballot initiatives to ban gay marriage in several states, he said.
"In 2006, it's going to immigrants, you wait and see," he told the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights organization, at its annual convention.
After the speech, Dean told reporters that he didn't think President Bush was a bigot, but that he "doesn't have the guts" to speak up against "the bigots in his own party."