Wait­ing for ‘no’

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“Hil­lary Clin­ton — and the other Democrats run­ning for pres­i­dent — couldn’t pos­si­bly have as­sumed that they would for­ever skate around the is­sue of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion,” syn­di­cated colum­nist Froma Har­rop writes in the Prov­i­dence (R.I.) Jour­nal.

“That no­tion came to an end in the most re­cent de­bate, when the New York sen­a­tor badly slipped over a ques­tion about her state’s con­tro­ver­sial plan to is­sue driver’s li­censes to il­le­gal aliens. Did she think no one would ask?” the colum­nist said.

“Democrats had bet­ter start deal­ing with this. Polls show a large ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing Democrats, op­posed to il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. They also find that most Amer­i­cans fa­vor some sort of amnesty for many il­le­gals. Clin­ton ap­par­ently tried to fi­nesse the two, while ig­nor­ing what’s be­hind the num­bers.

“What many Democrats (and Repub­li­cans) don’t ‘get’ is that the sup­port for amnesty is highly con­di­tional. It rests on trust that any of­fi­cial par­don will be the last one. The ‘grand bar­gain’ on im­mi­gra­tion went down in flames last spring be­cause no one be­lieved the sales pitch — that with the amnesty would come a stop to fu­ture il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

“When will peo­ple know that their politi­cians mean busi­ness? When they hear them say ‘no.’ ”

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