Lone Campaigner Jackson Proposes Extending Immigrant Amnesty Law
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Democratic candidate Jesse Jackson, appealing for the support of California’s large Hispanic population, on Saturday proposed extending the immigrant amnesty law for a year and moving the eligibility deadline from 1982 to January 1987.
The presidential contender also said the employer sanctions in the new immigration legislation should be repealed as discriminatory against workers and a burden to employers.
Meanwhile, Jackson’s chief rival for the party nomination, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, took a break from campaigning to work on gubernatorial business and have a private weekend with his wife, Kitty.
Vice President George Bush, who has sewn up the Republican nomination, also spent the weekend at home in the nation’s capital.
Bush continued to come under fire from Jackson for calling the preacher- turne d-politician a ″hustler from Chicago,″ despite assurances from the vice president’s campaign staff that there was ″nothing derogatory″ in his comments.
″I do not know why he would lash out at me,″ Jackson said prior to marching in the Cinco De Mayo parade as the event’s grand marshal. ″He has a tendency when he panics to reach out and attack.″
Asked if this indicated how Bush, as president, would act under stress, Jackson responded: ″We would be at national risk if he were in that position. This tendency to be mean-spirited, to curse at and to name call is a habit, a behavior pattern ... one who has this office must have a sense of stability and security.″
Bush told a group of Republicans in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, ″I’m not going to be out-hustled by the hustler from Chicago or from that traditional liberal Democrat from Massachusetts.″
Stephen Hart, a spokesman for Bush, said the vice president ″was talking about how hard he (Jackson) has hustled.″
In California, where about one-sixth of the voting age population is Hispanic, Jackson spoke to a breakfast meeting of the Latino Issues Forum, telling about 150 Hispanic leaders that the phrase illegal aliens ″should apply to E.T. (the Extra-Terrestial) but not to human beings.″
″People fleeing war or fleeing poverty should not be locked up for the crime of wanting to be part of us,″ he said.
Under the new federal immigration legislation, the deadline passed last week for undocumented workers who have been in the United States since 1982 to apply for legal resident status. Employers who hire workers who do not have legal status are subject to sanctions.
The Jackson campaign cited Steve Teichner Poll figures from May 2 showing Jackson and front-runner Dukakis neck-and-neck in the race for Hispanic votes in California, hich holds its primary June 7 with 314 delegates at stake.
But Dukakis has proven popular among the nation’s Hispanics because of his fluency in Spanish. He has targeted the Latin population by speaking Spanish in television ads.
Jackson is strongest among urban Hispanics in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, and weakest among those in Orange County and the laborers of the San Joaquin agricultural valley of central California.
Jackson later Saturday addressed a gay rights rally of about 4,000 people outside the state Capitol in Sacramento and lashed out at a California ballot measure that calls for a quarantine of AIDS victims.
He called it a ″hate-based″ measure backed by supporters of political extremist Lyndon LaRouche, and said, ″Shame on us for entertaining such an idea.″
Jackson flew back to Southern California for a fund-raiser in San Dimas before heading to Greensboro, N.C., to speak Sunday at the college graduation of his two sons.
In Illinois, backers of Jackson and Paul Simon called a truce in their squabble over the state’s at-large delegates to the national convention as party leaders elected a ″unity slate″ of 47 delegates for the Illinois senator and 13 for Jackson.
Simon, who received the bulk of the state’s at-large delegates with his victory in Illinois’ March 15 primary, suspended his presidential campaign last month. That tactic angered supporters of Jackson, who finished second in Illinois and would have collected all of the state’s at-large delegates had Simon dropped out.
Overall, Simon has 148 of Illinois’ 187 Democratic delegates, while Jackson has 41.
In Wyoming, Dukakis gained two delegates at the state Democratic convention for a total of seven delegates, while Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Jr. held on to his six delegates despite the suspension of his campaign.
Jackson picked up three delegates and two delegates remain uncommitted.
At the state convention in Nevada, Dukakis gained three delegates for a total of 12, Jackson gained one delegate for a total of four and Gore lost one delegate, leaving him with six. One delegate remained uncommitted.
In Alabama, Democrats held an executive committee meeting to finalize delegates to the national convention in Atlanta, July 18-21.
Arriving in San Francisco Friday night, Jackson was feted at a glittering Fairmont Hotel voter registration dinner attended by about 1,000 prominent state Democrats, financial supporters and celebrities, including actor Martin Sheen, and actress Jane Fonda and her husband, Assemblyman Tom Hayden of Santa Monica.
Jackson, attacking Reagan administration economic policies, urged party expansion to ″the common people on whose shoulders our victories always come.″
Jackson, on the one hand made a plea for party unity, but also warned that his constituency among these common people might abandon the Democrats if their concerns are not addressed. ″When they withdraw no one can win,″ he said.
″I really want to win in November, but the party must win, and the nation must be saved,″ Jackson said.