Monday, October 7, 2013

Two NYT pieces on immigration

Today one article covers Turkish and other immigrant groups in Dayton, OH, that community's efforts to attract immigrants in order to restore economic vitality, and some of the controversies. Also today, an editorial recounts California Gov. Jerry Brown's signing a bill to grant driver licenses to undocumented immigrants and describes it as a grassroots fix to challenges posed by immigration.

It certainly is striking how, as the editorial points out, the California Republican Party (i.e., consisting of the state office holders) appears either to have no Tea Party contingent or one that is differently focused than the national group. Left unsaid here is how another arguably grassroots immigration reform in neighboring Arizona led to a very different kind of legislation there, one that was partially struck down by the Supreme Court.