American Patrol Report Comment -- January 20
Health care was the overarching issue in the media, but the election of Scott Brown had more to do with the underlying anger of the American people than anything else. "When there's trouble in Massachusetts, there's trouble everywhere," Brown said in his victory speech.
Brown on illegal immigration
On his Web site, Scott Brown took a strong stand against amnesty and for law enforcement.
"I oppose amnesty, and I believe we ought to strengthen our border enforcement and institute an employment verification system with penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants."
Coakley on illegal immigration
Martha Coakley didn't mention the immigration issue on her Web site, but she did make her position clear last during a radio interview on Nov. 17, 2009 with Mindy Todd of WGBH-Boston (NPR):
Todd: Where do you stand on immigration reform?
Coakley: I think we need it. And I think we have for too long looked the other way. I think we've had a federal policy that doesn't make sense. I firmly believe that we need a good pathway to citizenship. And I know serving as district attorney we always paid attention to the person and not their status...
B How do we secure the borders? How do we stop more undocumented workers from... [crosstalk]
Coakley: I agree that's an important piece of it. And our policy should be to make sure that we have appropriate visa policies for workers that we need in particular parts of the country. But we're always going to have open borders and it's going to be difficult...
A Clear Choice
The people had a chance to choose which candidate was on their side on illegal immigration and Brown won. The people have spoken; now will Washington listen - or will it continue to ignore them?