Immigration and '08 Longshots

The Memorial Day weekend installments of the Sunday political shows are turning down (or up?) the volume ahead of a congressional recess with talk about immigration and a host of longshot (and a few really longshot) 2008 presidential candidates.

NBC's "Meet the Press" gives New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) his due as the sole guest. Richardson announced early this week (for the third time) that he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Meanwhile, long shot candidate Jim Gilmore (R), the former governor of Virginia, will appear on ABC's "This Week." Also on the show will be Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez for a discussion of immigration legislation.

"Fox News Sunday" has another long shot candidate, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R). Also appearing are Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.).

CBS's "Face the Nation" has Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Al.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.). And CNN's "Late Edition" has two 2008 candidates -- Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) -- as well as Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Check this space on Sunday afternoon for highlights from the shows.

By Zachary Goldfarb |  May 25, 2007; 3:23 PM ET
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I'm a Democrat and I WILL NOT vote for anyone advocating anything remotedly like amnesty for the illegals here. I want them shipped back home. Moreover, I want us out of this disasterous "globalization" trainwreck. End all H1-B, L1 and similar work visa's that take jobs from American's and tax the living sbnot out of companies that outsource jobs and technology. We either stand up for American workers and this country or we don't even have an excuse to exist. To that end, I will not be voting for Hillary Clinton nor Bill Richardson nor Barak Obama or Mr Dodd. All are "free traitors" and no better than Bush. I am still awaiting what John Edwards and the other candidates have to say about this, the single most important issuee, one that *is* the cause of the weal dollar, high fuel costs, our lose of jobs and technology, and the looming recession. If the DNC thinks that Iraq and "Choice" are going to allow them ride to victory in 2008, they had better think again. We have been sold out and I am so angry I WILL vote for and support a third party unless they change their tune.

Posted by: MikeB | May 25, 2007 4:17 PM

better read that first comment all you politicians on both sides. the only thing a liberal and a conservative can agree on is illegal aliens hitting the road home and you idiots in d.c. are going to shoveit down our throats anyway.traitors all. you guys need to study up what the people who signed the declaration went thruogh. you incumbents are spineless fools.

Posted by: gary | May 25, 2007 5:01 PM

This is a reply for the comments posted by mikeB.

There are 11 million to 12 million illegals in The US. Most of them work in the agricultural and construction industries. Just immagine... what would happen if all of those illegal workers are taken off those industries? It would be chaos! You take them away and this would be a hard hit on those economic areas. Generally, when one area of an economy is hit, there starts a chain reaction. When these workers are chased out, would you replace them?

Regarding H1-B visas: The Law clearly states that if a business organization can not find skilled employees within the US, then they can hire skilled workers from overseas. I guess there are no skilled workers internally, thats why we have alot of H1-B visa holders. You take them away and once again you have chaos.

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