Interesting article in today's New York Times on GOP positions on immigrants: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/29/us/politics/tough-stance-on-immigrants-questioned-by-some-in-gop.html?_r=1&hp -- perhaps they are realizing they are alienating a large and growing proportion of the electorate?
I have given a few talks on immigration policy in the last few weeks, and it is clear that comprehensive immigration reform is the logical way forward. We need to look at the fact that we have 10-12 million undocumented immigrants as an important issue. Why wouldn't we want to be able to document and track these people? (except for the fact that they provide cheap labor, etc...) It's time to start changing the discourses around our broken immigration system and look at why we need to provide more visas. The situation in Alabama is a clear indicator of the problems inherent with our current situation. Situations where families have children who are citizens and yet have to live in the shadows, or legal immigrants fear harassment. We can and should do better.