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Outside editorial: Begin a new chapter

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2007

This editorial appeared in the Orlando Sentinel:

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The anti-immigration forces have gained an especially nefarious ally: white supremacists.

A Kentucky family originally from El Salvador found a wooden cross burning on its front lawn just weeks after moving into the neighborhood. A Hispanic teenager was brutally beaten and sodomized in Houston as an attacker screamed, "White power!"

Sadly, the floodgates of hatred are widening as the federal government fails to reach a bipartisan consensus on comprehensive immigration reform.

A new report released by the Anti-Defamation League points to an increased presence among groups linked to the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads and neo-Nazis, energized by the anti-immigrant backlash. The South, in particular, has seen a spike in Klan chapters.

This is just another reason President Bush should show stronger leadership in getting his immigration bill passed, one that establishes a guest-worker program and incentives for illegals to come out of the shadows.

This is a winnable war for Bush. He stands a much better chance with a Democratic Congress that shares a broader scope of reform beyond building fences around borders.



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