With the Florida primary entering the final stretch Mitt Romney has a comfortable lead over his chief rival Newt Gingrich, but moving forward will have to contend with the persistent ‘anti-immigrant label. Meanwhile South Carolinas economy shows continued signs of deterioration as a result of its harsh anti-immigrant law. Finally a Border Patrol base in New Mexico seeks to slow smuggling into the United States.
Romney’s ‘anti-immigrant’ label won’t go away With the Florida primary entering its final stretch Mitt Romney has a comfortable lead over his chief rival Newt Gingrich, but moving forward will have to contend with the persistent ‘anti-immigrant label. “Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich, under pressure from his party’s establishment, pulled a Spanish-language ad in which he had accused his rival Gov. Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant.” But was the ad really unfair? The question will not go away, and will haunt Republicans for the remainder of the race if Romney wins the Republican nomination. President Barack Obama’s campaign will surely make the most of it.”
Latino immigrant exodus hurts South Carolina economy Meanwhile South Carolinas economy shows continued signs of deterioration as a result of its harsh anti-immigrant law. “Enacted in June 2011, Act No. 69 made it legal for South Carolina police to stop anybody they suspect of being in the country illegally and made it a crime to give shelter or transport to an undocumented immigrant. These provisions and others were blocked by a federal judge in December 2011, who saw them as unconstitutional. But fear of expensive fines and deportation had already spread among many Hispanics. The region’s economy has since been paying the price in empty apartments and less demand for low-wage jobs. But none have struggled more than the 6,000 Hispanic-owned businesses that heavily depend on customers from its community.”
Border Patrol Base Aims To Thwart Smuggling In New Mexico Finally a Border Patrol base in New Mexico seeks to slow smuggling into the United States. “In an ongoing effort to seal the border with Mexico, the U.S. Border Patrol is building a new substation in the southwest corner of New Mexico, considered one of the weaker points along the international line. The substation, or forward operating base, will be located in Hidalgo County, also known as New Mexico’s boot heel. A billboard advertising Hidalgo County displays the towering silhouette of two cowboys on horseback riding in a cloud of gray dust. The image evokes a sense of mystery and adventure, which is exactly the feeling you get bumping along the rough dirt roads that take you into the heart of the county.”