From: John DiPaolo [Email him]
In case you missed it, this weeks NumbersUSA newsletter reported:
"MS. Senate Candidate, Travis Childers, signs FAIR's Anti-Amnesty Pledge"
Travis Childers, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Mississippi, became the first Democrat to sign FAIR's Anti-Amnesty pledge on Thursday. The GOP candidate in the race, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), has yet to sign the pledge.See previous letters from John DiPaolo. James Fulford writes: The WASHINGTON POST has a report on this.
Democrat Childers agrees to anti-amnesty pledge that Chris McDaniel signed, By Sean Sullivan, Washington Post, October 2, 2014Former congressman Travis Childers, the Democratic Senate nominee in Mississippi, on Thursday signed an anti-amnesty pledge a conservative organization is pushing, a move that could endear him to disgruntled supporters of former tea party candidate Chris McDaniel, the runner-up to Sen. Thad Cochran in the GOP primary.In an interview with The Washington Post, Childers said he signed the Federation for American Immigration Reform's pledge in part because he worries about Mississippi's high unemployment rate, which he thinks would be exacerbated by allowing undocumented immigrants to work in the U.S."I don't think you need to be rewarding people who break the law," said Childers, a conservative Democrat.Mississippi's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in August,according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only Georgia's was higher.[More]
I don't think this will change the outcome of the race, but not only will it endear Childers to disgruntled McDaniel supporters—white Republicans—but it may increase turnout among black Mississippians, who do regularly vote Democratic, and who are the first people to be displaced by cheap foreign labor.See my 2008 column Labor Day In Mississippi, in which I reported that black workers "cheered and clapped" when ICE raided a factory where Mexicans were taking over their jobs.