Tonawanda News — These might be mainstream views in the increasingly small portion of the electorate that votes in Republican primaries but it isn’t reflective of the national mood on immigration. Business interests want a path to normalization for undocumented workers. Most average Americans acknowledge there is no practical way to kick out undocumented people. Others acknowledge America’s proud history as a nation of immigrants and see in their Latino friends and neighbors the next generation striving to realize the American dream.
Smartly, the Republicans have acknowledged this.
Not so smartly, they have had to deal with embarrassing optics with a veteran lawmaker calling Mexicans “wetbacks.”
That’s not exactly going to help in the Latino outreach department but the condemnation from Republican leadership was swift and merciless. If nothing else, it shows top Republicans are wary of hateful speech without reprisal. It’s a marked shift from the 2008 primaries where candidates climbed over each other to talk tough on what they would do to kick undocumented people out of the country.
And on gun control, a pair of senators, a conservative Democrat and a conservative Republican, reached a deal on a gun control bill. Rather than fall back on their A-ratings from the NRA and refuse to listen to Americans who have been touched — tragically — by the issue, they did what lawmakers are supposed to do.
They sat down with families of the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims and heard what they had to say.
The compromise they reached is still a long way from becoming law. There’s the small matter of the House of Representatives, a perpetual stumbling block for any bipartisan compromise.
But in the Senate deal, old friend New York Sen. Chuck Schumer worked behind the scenes to help Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., reach an accord.