Sunday, September 9, 2007
Virginia GOP- The Further They Fall - The More Xenophobic
The GOP is in trouble all over the nation. In Virginia they are panicking... like most other Republicans they are desperately searching for something that will save them... only they are making themselves looks like the evil boys of the country... pushing ahead so intensely on anti-immigration bills that they are looking like Nazis.
Their attack on undocumented college students is reprehensible and ignorant. Makes them sound like former slave owners angry about freedmen getting educated.
The Immigrant-Bashing Tack
In Virginia, the GOP finds its whipping boy.
Sunday, September 9, 2007; Page B06
...William J. Howell, the Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, worried aloud the other day about the presence of so many newcomers in the Old Dominion. Mr. Howell said that the state's newest residents, particularly in Northern Virginia, may not embrace "the shared values we have in Virginia," according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He didn't specify which "shared values" he had in mind, nor did he draw a distinction between legal and illegal newcomers.
A week earlier, he unveiled the GOP's immigrant-bashing agenda for the legislative session that will begin in January. Among other measures, it would bar publicly funded colleges and universities from accepting undocumented aliens -- even those who have graduated from state elementary, middle and high schools.
To Mr. Howell and his cohorts, it is a mere detail that most public colleges in Virginia already deny entrance to such immigrants. In fact, the Republicans could not cite a single example of an illegal immigrant gaining access to public institutions of higher learning. No matter. The Republicans' point here is to stick it to the culturally distinct "other" by hook or by crook, even to the point of suggesting -- again without proof -- that some of the 36 percent of applicants rejected by four-year public colleges in the state had been denied a place because of the supposed tide of illegals also seeking higher education...
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