The rhetoric on immigration this election cycle has been extreme, demonstrating a willingness to sacrifice common sense for fanatical politics. Even worse, the rhetoric has made immigration legislatively untouchable.
As I predicted several weeks ago, SB 1070 has been left essentially toothless. While it may require state law enforcement to make immigration status determinations, there isn't much that the state can do with the determinations once made.
After drafting Arizona's controversial new immigration law SB1070 last year, Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce held the spotlight and became the anti-immigration poster boy in Arizona and across the nation.
Senator Reid is a champion for Latinos, immigrants and working people in Nevada and the nation. When we went to him and said it was time to call for a vote on the DREAM Act, he immediately put it on the schedule. He stood by us.
Mr. Bhargava spoke with me on issues ranging from the potential impact of Latino voters and grassroots mobilizations, and the challenges facing progressive groups in the wake of Arizona's immigration law.
The decision in U.S. v. Arizona points to some important constitutional tensions that need to be recalled in a nation characterized by fractious Red states eager to embrace a power struggle with the government.