Jim Oberweis is back in the news on the issue of immigration. Today, he criticized Gov. Blagojevich's new proposal (can we just start calling them PR stunts please?) that would allow Illinois to provide state-guaranteed mortgages to people without traditional credit histories.
According to Don Babwin of the Associated Press:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Oberweis, who was widely criticized for his tough stand on illegal immigration when he ran for the U.S. Senate last year, suggested Monday he was ahead of the curve on the issue and voters now might agree with him.
"I was too early. People weren't ready for that issue," he said after a news conference in which he criticized Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to launch a new mortgage loan program designed to help poor and immigrant families buy homes. "But it's a serious issue. People are starting to understand how serious it is."
On Sunday, Blagojevich's office outlined his proposed Opportunity I-Loan program that would allow Illinois to provide state-guaranteed mortgages to people without traditional credit histories.
But Oberweis characterized the program as little more than an effort to assist illegal immigrants. "Break our laws and we'll reward you with a home. That's the message Rod Blagojevich is sending out," he said.
Will going back to the issue of immigration, which sunk Oberweis’ campaign for Senate in 2004, be a wise move in his race for governor?