Immigration Marches Fail to Sway Congress Host Renee Montagne talks to News Analyst Cokie Roberts about the immigration issue. Massive demonstrations across the country don't seem to be moving Congress.
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Immigration Marches Fail to Sway Congress

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Immigration Marches Fail to Sway Congress

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Host Renee Montagne talks to News Analyst Cokie Roberts about the immigration issue. Massive demonstrations across the country don't seem to be moving Congress.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Joining me now for some analysis of the demonstrations is NPR's Cokie Roberts. Good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: Cokie, these massive demonstrations against crackdowns on immigration don't seem to be moving Congress very much. Why is that?

ROBERTS: Polls are showing that immigration has moved up as an issue that people care deeply about, although that could just be a result of the fact that it's gotten so much coverage in the last few weeks.

MONTAGNE: And, tomorrow here in California, there is a special election for Congress. And it's interesting, Cokie, because it could tell us something about the immigration debate, right?

ROBERTS: I must say she's likely to get into the run-off. If she should win the special election in that very Republican seat, then you would see a real running for the doors on the Republican part in Congress.

MONTAGNE: Well, just briefly, you've mentioned some candidates separating themselves from President Bush, if Republican candidates are running from him, what about his agenda?

ROBERTS: You're got Tom DeLay's departure, the Katrina report, Dick Cheney shooting someone, the Dubai Ports deal, the leak and most lately, a discussion of invasion of Iran. That will be all the talk in Washington this week, nothing about the president's agenda.

MONTAGNE: Cokie, thanks very much. That's NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts.

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