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Minuteman’s Tough Border Stance Wins Primary!

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Randy Graf & his Grandson discuss the future

A Minuteman Boosts Border Overhaul Reform

An Arizona win puts immigration back in play

By Angie C. Marek
Sept. 17th, 2006

TUCSON, ARIZ.-A few weeks ago it became suddenly clear that the Republican free-for-all primary in the southeastern corner of Arizona was anything but ordinary. Randy Graf–a former golf pro, state representative and cowboy-boots-clad founding member of the Minutemen border group–had vaulted into the lead with his focus on fixing what he called the “security crisis” at the border. Opponents attacked him as extreme, and the national Republican party Party went so far as to buy at least $122,000 worth of ads for Graf’s most formidable moderate challenger, state Rep. Steve Huffman.

It didn’t work. Graf won last week, roiling some Republican circles and raising questions about the wisdom of the party’s floundering immigration strategy. It has also put in jeopardy a precious House seat in a mostly moderate district that has been represented since 1984 by retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe, an abortion-rights centrist and the only openly gay Republican in Congress.

Fizzled rallies. In some ways, Graf’s victory came at a moment that seems ripe for immigration restrictionists. After this spring’s May Day rallies drew thousands of protesters in cities all over the country, efforts to duplicate that momentum this fall have largely fizzled. There were puny numbers at a September march on Washington that activists said would draw hundreds of thousands. A large coalition of advocacy groups that had vowed to register 1 million new immigrant voters now widely acknowledges they it won’t meet that goal. [1] (….Full Article)


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