Comment: GOP Immigration Split
Politico reports the battle on immigration within GOP is being fought in the Midwest, not in Washington. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Ohio Governor John Kasich who are focused on building their states' economies are strong proponents of coming up with solutions to our broken immigration system.

What Snyder-and Kasich, to some extent-are articulating is a viewpoint on immigration from the Midwest that is different from the national debate, which tends to center on border fences and deportation. In these post-industrial states, which have seen huge population loss and economic distress in cities such as Detroit and Cleveland, Snyder and other Republican political leaders are seeing immigration as a tool to help the region "grow and thrive," as Snyder said in his statement. Or as Karen Phillippi, deputy director of Michigan's Office of New Americans, puts it: "The focus of our immigration policy is more on economic impact than on social justice."... On immigration reform, Snyder dramatically parts with the GOP pack "Our country needs a long-term, comprehensive solution to an immigration policy that everyone knows is broken."... Like-minded Republicans include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a possible presidential contender, who caused controversy within the Republican Party when he said he was open to considering Obama's citizenship plan for illegal immigrants. "Everybody in this country has to feel as though they have an opportunity."
These Republican governors who are in touch with the economies of their state and are trying to do right by the people of their state see comprehensive immigration reform as a commonsensical solution to an obvious problem--GOP leadership in Washington should pay heed to them. Please let us know your thoughts by writing to us at editor@ilw.com.

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