Bloggers, radio reshaping bill on immigration

In talking with reporters, Mr. Kyl singled out radio host Hugh Hewitt and called him “a very smart lawyer … who I really respect.”

“He had several issues and I haven’t had the ability to run all of them to ground, but we’re trying to include some of his specific suggestions,” Mr. Kyl said.

NumbersUSA, a grass-roots organization that opposes the bill, is running television ads in South Carolina attacking Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who the ad says “joined with Ted Kennedy in strong-arming senators to support amnesty.” A similar ad is scheduled for Kentucky, tying Republican senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Mr. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat.

Meanwhile, the group is running an ad in Nevada attacking Mr. Reid, accusing him of siding with Mr. Bush “to support amnesty.”

From the other side, the finger-pointing is already beginning in case the bill fails.

Immigration Law Daily, an e-mail publication from ILW.com, an immigration law publisher, said the blame will go to Georgia’s two Republican senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, who initially seemed to support the bill but have backed off in recent weeks; Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat, who fears American workers would be hurt by a guest-worker plan; Sen. Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia Democrat, who the publication notes is a “former Ku Klux Klan member who is reliably opposed to any pro-immigrant legislation”; and the AFL-CIO, which ILW says could be making “a return to their long history of anti-immigrant behavior.”

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