Comments: Mike Protack: View on education of the undocumented varies depending on audience

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The fact that Protack showed up on WGMD today showed that he was scrambling to make up for the grievous error he made at the Latino debate.

Lee made a case for granting drivers licenses to illegals, which he rescinded ( a flip-flop I can live with). Protack beat him senseless for his original position, and continues to do so, despite Lee's renunciation. Then, Protack clearly advocates a position that would certainly make Delaware a more hospitable location for undocumented aliens than driving privileges - free education through high school, and heavily discounted college. He did so to garner attention from an audience that would otherwise have ignored him, or - more likely - treated him with hostility, given the fact that last month he talked about mandatory IDs and arresting illegals.

Posted by RickJ19958 at August 1, 2008 07:04 AM

Sorry guys but you leave out an important part of the equation and doctoring up a tape doesn't help. Let me know if you want the entire filming period.

I asked twice about the students as they are the ones who are applying for admission. I asked if they were legal residents, attending our schools and if they were asking to attend the U of D. The parents were not seeking admission. I have had two sons go through the college process and I know RickJ has not.

Students who were born here do have federal rights which have been upheld in court so that is why I responded thatis was an easy answer. There was no error or problem. The problem is the serious error on Lee's behalf which has sunk his campaign and re read the above, a Flip Flop I can live with?

Ask any parent who pays U of D tuition and I don't think they will call it discounted, it is a big burden to most families.

My proposal for immigration is indeed a three step process using E verify (something Lee knew nothing about), then the hand held devices and of course penalties for those who hire undocumented workers. If we do thiese steps, Delaware will cease to be a destination for undocumented workers, if we follow Lee's driver license policy we will be over run.

By the way, does Lee have a policy other than that serious misguided one?

I was treated with hostility, I was introduced in two interviews( obe radio and one TV) before the Forum as "the anti immigrant candidate".

Also, again RickJ has no facts at all. The apppearance on the Bill Colley Show was arranged before the Hispanic Forum. Sorry Rick, you need to get off the Grassy Knoll and get your guy to a debate, if and when he gets prepared to do so.

Posted by Mike Protack at August 1, 2008 07:41 AM

Mike: You're arguing that that entire segment was doctored? That the person in the tape -- who emphasized TWICE that he was referring to UNDOCUMENTED students -- had his question by you ... but that you actually asked if they were LEGAL residents??

If I request the "full segment" from you, will I actually see it? Or will it be like that summons/lawsuit against a certain Mr. Burris? Will it be as authentic as your "always posting under your name" comment?

Posted by Hube at August 1, 2008 08:34 AM


There was no doctoring of the tape. I'm sorry, but I was there. If you remember, we shook hands and shared plesantries. You did not ask the moderator -- in any way -- whether the children of the undocumented immigrants were citizens. You simply asked to have the question repeated so that you could understand that the moderator was talking about "undocumented immigrants."

Mike, what happened to the audio at WGMD?

Posted by Mike Matthews at August 1, 2008 08:45 AM


Though Mike Protack does make a point that children BORN in the US are certainly granted all rights of citizenship, it is not my belief that the question was being posed implying such. The question, I believe, was quite clear, and inferred that if the parents are undocumented, then the children likely are, as well.

I'm sure Mike knows this, but had to take his audience into to speak.

Posted by Mike Matthews at August 1, 2008 08:54 AM