Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 | Immigration has proved to be a divisive topic for Americans, as exemplified by Congress’ inability to reach a compromise on the issue this summer.
The issue is equally divisive within the Republican camp, where businesses hungry for laborers butt heads with hard-line conservatives preoccupied with everything from national security to the country’s cultural fabric.
Now, a man who is all too familiar with the issue stands in the middle. Tony Krvaric, a Swedish immigrant, was tapped in April to lead the Republican Party in San Diego County, where proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border makes a subject that is conceptual in other corners of the nation an everyday reality.
It took Krvaric more than a decade to gain citizenship in the United States — a span of time that dwarfs the following four years it took him to rise through the party’s ranks to become its top local spokesman.