South­ern front II

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“The crowd at South Carolina’s Repub­li­can con­ven­tion cheered [May 19] when [for­mer] Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney crit­i­cized a new im­mi­gra­tion pro­posal and booed a key ally of Sen. John McCain when he de­fended it,” the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

Many of the 1,000 Repub­li­cans at­tend­ing the event in Columbia, S.C., wore stick­ers with “Se­nate amnesty bill” crossed out, and cheered when Mr. Rom­ney said: “One sim­ple rule: No amnesty.”

Mr. Rom­ney said the pro­posed new “Z visa” for for­eign work­ers could be re­newed in­def­i­nitely. “If that’s not a form of amnesty, I don’t know what is,” he said.

Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, South Carolina Repub­li­can and a key McCain ally, was booed when he said he had worked with Sen. Ed­ward M. Kennedy, Mas­sachusetts Demo­crat, on the im­mi­gra­tion leg­is­la­tion.

“It’s the best bill I think we can get to Pres­i­dent Bush,” Mr. Gra­ham said, as some in the crowd shouted “No.”

Af­ter the speech, Mr. Gra­ham ex­plained the boos by say­ing im­mi­gra­tion is “an emo­tional topic.”

“Peo­ple are mad,” he said.

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