Friday, March 24, 2006

Immigration gains political steam

Farmers here in south central Michigan are pushing Congress to still allow guest workers to pick our crops under immigration reform currently being considered.
"This isn't granting (illegal aliens) permanent legal residency unless they get into the queue with everyone else," U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, told The Detroit News.
Immigration reform has been dividing Republicans since George W. Bush took office.
During the 2004 primary, Tim Walberg raked Schwarz over the coals during debates and with campaign literature about Schwarz's "liberal" stance on immigration.
Schwarz won that race, but Walberg is back for more and could take the hard-line stance on immigration that even President Bush has swayed away from.
In 2004, Walberg said Schwarz has favored allowing illegal aliens to have driver licenses.
Schwarz said during the summer of 2004 that he voted for a bill in 2002 that would have granted driver licenses to migrant workers and illegal aliens in order to document their whereabouts and provide steady labor for Michigan's farming labor needs.
However, Walberg does not list immigration when comparing himself verses Schwarz on his Web site.
Irronically, Schwarz doesn't make any mention of the word immigration on his campaign site or congressional office Web site detailing his stance on issues.

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