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Hello Sonia, Good Bye Amnesty

Mickey Kaus notes that my observation that Sotomayor’s nomination is a booby prize intended to string along the Hispanic pressure groups in the absence of amnesty has become instant conventional wisdom. Another example from The Hill: “Court pick could buy time on immigration.”

Further evidence of the booby prize theory: Amnesty advocates are worried. See this from Daily Kos: “Nomination of Judge Sotomayor is no substitute for immigration reform.” And Gebe Martinez writes in Politico:

But as Democrats celebrate Obama’s court move, which underscores Latinos’ political clout, the president is being warned not to assume that this nomination lessens the pressure to meet other demands from the Hispanic community, chiefly on immigration. 

Latinos said Tuesday they still expect the president to keep his pledge to deliver a comprehensive immigration reform plan by the end of the year. It is a tough and complicated issue, one the White House would rather avoid. 

“I am not going to view one [development] in any way relieving the need or the attention on the other,” said Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) “We need to move forward on comprehensive immigration reform based on the merits of sound economic policy.” 

At the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Executive Director Arturo Vargas shut down speculation that the White House might have bought some time on the immigration issue with this nomination. 

“We are not a single-issue community,” Vargas said.

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