Daily Border Bulletin – Romney: Immigration Law Comment May Come Back To Haunt Him, Brewer Declines Defending AZ Law In Senate, Mexico Sends U.S. Message on Guns

Mitt Romney’s comment that Arizona’s state passed immigration law could be a model for the nation could come back to haunt him in the general election. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has declined an invitation by Senator Charles Schumer to defend SB1070 before the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of the Supreme Court hearing arguments over the law. Finally Mexico has sent the United States a message regarding the guns and the Southwest border: No More Weapons!

Romney: Immigration Law Comment May Come Back To Haunt Him Mitt Romney’s comment that Arizona’s state passed immigration law could be a model for the nationcould come back to haunt him in the general election.” “I think you see a model in Arizona,” Romney said, citing the employment verification system, stepped up border patrols and a border fence as goals for his presidency. “You do that, and just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration,” Romney said, adding that he would halt lawsuits against the Arizona law “on day one.” Santorum went even further. I don’t know how this plays among swing voters — some polls have shown national support for the Arizona law — but if Obama and Dems can make this stick, Romney may have ended any hopes of making any real inroads among Latino voters. And that could have far reaching ramifications in the general election. One key route to reelection for Obama runs through the western states — what Obama advisers call “the west path.” He can offset expected losses in the Rust Belt but still win reelection by holding on to Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. Demographic shifts in the west — rising minorities and falling numbers of working class whites — are more favorable to Obama than in the Rust Belt and midwest region. Latinos could be pivotal here.”

Brewer Declines Defending AZ Law In Senate Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has declined an invitation by Senator Charles Schumer to defend SB1070 before the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of the Supreme Court hearing arguments over the law. “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is ducking a U.S. Senate invitation to come defend her state’s harsh immigration law. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had challenged her Thursday to appear before his Senate Judiciary subcommittee to explain why the federal government’s recent $600 million spending spree on tighter border security was inadequate. Brewer is due to be in Washington on April 25, when the Supreme Court hears oral argument on her state’s law, which lower courts have partially blocked as unconstitutional. But a Brewer spokesman told news outlets Friday that she would decline and accused Schumer of staging a publicity stunt.”

Mexico Sends U.S. Message on Guns Mexico has sent the United States a message regarding the guns and the Southwest border: No More Weapons! “Just a few steps south of the U.S.-Mexico border, President Calderón unveiled a towering billboard last week wielding a message written in plain English: “No More Weapons!” Weighing over 3 tons, the billboard itself is made of seized firearms that have been chopped, melted and welded together. Visible from the United States, the call is clear: halt the southbound flow of guns that fuel violence in Mexico. Arms trafficking over our southern border has provided deadly firepower to brutal criminal organizations, fueling a tidal wave of violence that has led to some 60,000 dead in five years. Many of the dead include police officers, like the five massacred in Acapulco in 2007 with weapons that were later traced to Carter’s Country gun shop in Houston. During the billboard unveiling ceremony, President Calderón directly appealed to the United States, saying, “Mexico needs your help to stop this terrible violence that we’re suffering… the best way to do this is to stop the flow of automatic weapons into Mexico.”

 

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