by Jim Nintzel
Congressman Jeff Flake has surrendered to the nativists in his party in his quest for a U.S. Senate seat:
For years, Rep. Jeff Flake was one of the most reliable Republican champions for comprehensive immigration reform.
As his campaign for Arizona's 2012 GOP Senate nomination revs up, Flake is explicitly rejecting his past advocacy for far-reaching legislation that would secure the border, enact a temporary-worker program and give many undocumented immigrants a pathway to legal status.
"In the past I have supported a broad approach to immigration reform - increased border security coupled with a temporary worker program. I no longer do," Flake says in an immigration-policy statement that was expected to be posted on his campaign website as early as today.
"I've been down that road, and it is a dead end. The political realities in Washington are such that a comprehensive solution is not possible, or even desirable given the current leadership. Border security must be addressed before other reforms are tackled."
This pandering to the conservatives illustrates why real immigration reform simply won't happen in this country as long as Republicans are in power. And the state of Arizona will continue to suffer as a result.