How to Vote in November: Legal Immigration Is an Issue, But the Future is Uncertain
Posted On July 20, 2021
Illegal immigration reformers say it will boost voter turnout.
That’s because it will help Democrats, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, said John Bresnahan, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
He thinks the GOP is taking a chance on the new law because of its potential to help Democrats.
That might not be the case if the GOP were to vote against it, he said.
And, of course, if Democrats have a chance to pass a more liberal immigration law, they will do so.
It’s not clear whether the Republican Party is ready to embrace immigration reform and legalize millions of illegal immigrants, which would make the Democrats look bad.
That is a good argument, Bresnehan said.
He is an author of the new book, Immigration Reform and the Politics of Politics: How Immigration Became an Issue in the U.S. and What it Means for the Future of Democracy.
He has worked on immigration issues with both the Obama and Trump administrations.
Bresnos’ book will be published in September by Harvard University Press.
Bremner is an associate editor at The American Prospect.
He was previously the executive editor of The American Spectator.
The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
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