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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Backpedals on Immigration

Last week we reported on Kristen Gillibrand’s ascension to the U.S. Senate and about her change in position on immigration. Gillibrand, a Democrat from the New York’s 20th Congressional District, was chosen by Gov. David Paterson to take the seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to a report from MSNBC, Senator Gillibrand is “backpedaling” on her once harsh positions on immigration. Gillibrand is said to be abandoning her position against “sanctuary cities” and “plans to come out in favor of legislation that would roll back federal laws that discourage states from offering the kids of illegal immigrants in-state tuition.”

According to the Associated Press, Senator Gillibrand said, "We need to recognize the heritage that the immigrant community has provided to this country and put policies in place that will reflect that core value."

Why the change of her position? MSNBC reports that she told the New York Times that "In a lot of these issues, it’s a case of learning more and expanding my view."



carla said...

It's also a smart recognition that she serves an entire state now, a pretty liberal one--and not just her district. I know some of her positions in the past are not very progressive, but let's give her a chance as on this issue, and I think we'll be OK with her. One thing I like is that she agreed right away to make her Congressional schedule available online every day, one of a very few to agree to it. Not even people like Earl and DeFazio agreed.

CAUSA Communications Department said...

Thanks for your comment Carla. We hope, as you, that Senator Gillibrand will come into line with the rest of Americans on the issue of Immigration. As it appears now, she is looking to repair relationships with the Latino community and to learn more on what positive things she can do to help fix our country's broken immigration system. That is defiantly a great new start from where she was before. The best thing Senator Gillibrand can do is steer clear of organizations and individuals whom are hostile to immigrants.

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