Does Rahm Emanuel's Latest Interview Point to a New Politics of Immigration?

A few days ago, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel did an interview that is the latest major signpost pointing the way toward a New Day for the politics of immigration in our country.


During an interview with Hispanic media last week, Rahm Emanuel joined a growing throng of strategists and leaders from both parties that acknowledge that leaning into immigration reform is not just good policy, but also good politics.

Emanuel noted (translation from Spanish is ours):

"The arrow is pointing in a different direction in relation to immigration politics in this country."

As an example of the importance the new Administration has placed on these issues, Emanuel cited the White House's commitment to including legal immigrants in the Children's Health Insurance Program (known as SCHIP).  Virtually every Democrat in the House and Senate joined with some Republicans, including Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), to include legal immigrant children in the legislation. 

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