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From: Matt Parrott (e-mail him)
Re: Sam Francis' Column: That Hillary Immigration Ploy, [December 27, 2004]
Regarding Francis's article and Don Collins' related piece "Disappointed Democrat Wishes Hillary Could Get Immigration Reform Right," I suspect that Hillary may be keeping quiet on immigration for the time being because she wants to keep her options open to pivot very far to the right in the general election.
If Rudy Giuliani wins the Republican nomination, Hillary will be able to handily outflank him on this issue. If Clinton speaks in detail about her plans for immigration now, she will only aggravate the liberal Democratic base or tie her hands in the general election with promises made in the days leading up to the primaries.
The Democratic administration did a better job of controlling illegal immigration that the Bush administration. And that was in the 1990s before the pro-illegal alien lobby had such an organized and vocal movement.
Parrott is a business analyst and a college student. He writes that he hopes his two daughters will have "a childhood as idyllic and devoid of gang violence as my own in the small town of Paoli, Indiana."