Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean yesterday called border security his party's top immigration priority for November.If what Dean said represents the view of Democrats, then you would think that a compromise would be available. Do the tough border control and then work on legalizing those who are here. That's what Dean says he wants and the position that the Democrats are going to start advertising as their own. If this is so, then it would seem that there is a room for the sort of compromise that Charles Krauthammer talked about a couple of weeks ago. Secure the borders first, with a fence if need be, and then talk about legalization. Now, if Howard Dean can just convince his associates in the Congress, something could perhaps be worked out.
"The first thing we want is tough border control," he said. "We have to do a much better job on our borders than George Bush has done. And then we can go to the policy disagreements about how to get it done."
Republicans reacted with surprise to Mr. Dean's announcement, which puts the DNC chief's views at odds with those of many Democrats in Congress.
"If Dean means what he says about border enforcement, that would put the Democrats somewhere to the right of President Bush on immigration," said Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Howard Dean gave us his views on immigration yesterday.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 7:25 AM