Comprehensive Immigration Reform - A 'Top Priority' for McCain and Obama

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 9:04am.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), told the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Saturday that comprehensive immigration reform is his "top priority -- yesterday, today and tomorrow." ~ TALKING BACK

Addressing the same conference, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the Democratic presidential candidate, accused McCain of wavering on the issue and vowed that it would also be one of his own top priorities.

Working for "comprehensive immigration reform" was in fact at the top of McCain's legislative agenda in the last Congress, before he started his presidential campaign.

In 2006, McCain worked with Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) to ensure passage in the Senate of a "comprehensive" immigration reform bill that would have given illegal aliens a path to citizenship while allowing 200,000 new "guest workers' to enter the country each year.

In 2005, the House of Representatives passed a rival immigration reform bill that did not include a guest worker program or a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. The House bill focused solely on border security and enforcement of immigration laws.

Proposals including path-to-citizenship provisions for illegal aliens generally have been referred to as "comprehensive" immigration reform plans by their proponents and "amnesty" by their opponents.

Immigration reform efforts died in Congress in 2006, when the House and Senate could not reach agreement on their broadly different approaches. McCain and Kennedy made an effort to revive "comprehensive" immigration reform in 2007, but the effort finally stalled when repeated cloture votes failed in the Senate.

Referring to those efforts on Saturday, McCain told the audience of Latino leaders that in the past he had reached across the aisle in the hope of crafting a "bipartisan" immigration reform that would create a guest worker program, secure the border and "deal practically and humanely with those who came here, as my distant ancestors did, to build a better, safer life for their families, without excusing the fact they came here illegally or granting them privileges before those who did."

He could not win approval in Congress for this plan, McCain said, because "[m]any Americans, with good cause, did not believe us when we said we would secure our borders."

McCain vowed to keep trying if he is elected president.

"We must prove to them that we can and will secure our borders first, while respecting the dignity and rights of citizens and legal residents of the United States," McCain said in his prepared remarks, which were posted on his campaign Web site.

"But we must not make the mistake of thinking that our responsibility to meet this challenge will end with that accomplishment. We have economic and humanitarian responsibilities as well, and they require no less dedication from us in meeting them."

McCain was asked about his commitment to immigration reform in the question-and-answer session following the speech.

"As the next president of the United States of America, will comprehensive immigration reform--and not just enforcement--be one of your top policy priorities in your first 100 days in office?" a questioner asked.

"It'll be my top priority, yesterday, today, and tomorrow," McCain responded."We have to secure our borders. That's the message," McCain said, according to a transcript made by the Congressional Quarterly.

"But we also must proceed with a temporary worker program that is verifiable and truly temporary. We must also understand that there are 12 million people who are here, and they are here illegally, and they are God's children. They are God's children, and they will be treated in a humane fashion, based on certain--based on the principle, obviously, that someone who has come here legally or who has come here legally cannot have be--have [sic] prioritize over someone who came here illegally."

Speaking later in the day, Obama attempted to position himself as more consistently in favor of comprehensive immigration reform than McCain is.

"One place where Senator McCain used to offer change was on immigration," Obama said, according to a report by the Associated Press. "He was a champion of comprehensive reform, and I admired him for it. But when he was running for his party's nomination, he walked away from that commitment and he's said he wouldn't even support his own legislation if it came up for a vote.

"It will be one of my priorities on my first day because this is an issue that we have demagogued," said Obama. "There's been a lot of politics around it, but we haven't been serious about solving the problem. And I want to solve the problem."

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews Editor in Chief - June 30, 2008 - source



John McCain still thinks there are ONLY 12 million illegal immigrants in our country... He needs to wake up, there are between 36 and 38 MILLION illegal immigrants here plus all of the 'new' kids they add each day. 

My grandfather was an immigrant from Italy, he worked his ass off to become a citizen of the United States.  He stood in line and waited his turn like everyone else wanting to become a citizen.  Nothing was handed to him and he expected nothing from anyone.

This new flood of 'illegal' immigrants think we owe them jobs, homes, food, free medical, free schooling, free everything.  They are like monkeys on the taxpayer's backs!  The more they get, the more they 'expect'.  If we don't give them what they want, they'll take it.  Through our 'generosity', they now live better than we do! 

Mexico must be the most crime ridden, corrupt country in the world.  They adhere to none of our laws, hell they don't adhere to their own laws.  The 'few' that do end up in jail, well, we bust our ass and are forced to make them 'comfortable' anyway.  The criminals running for president will without a doubt continue where Bush leaves off and will destroy what is left of our country.

What 9 out of 10 voters fail to understand is, THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT!  There will be no more 'chances' or the 'next election', THIS IS IT!  The 2008 election is the most important election in the history of our country!  We either fight to keep what's left of our freedoms, rights, sovereighty and our country or give up and lose it all.

The government is after our kids!  We will no longer make decisions how they are raised.  They are being dumbed down and weened into the New World Order!  Doesn't anyone see what is going on?   Check out what they are learning in the NWO institutions!  Even the youngest kids are being targeted through cartoons!  There will come a time in the not too distant future where it will be illegal to home school your kids!  Folks we're in BIG trouble!

Once the illegal immigrants are 'handed' there citizenship and take over everything generations have worked for, we will be no better than a third world country.  It's all by design to force us to accept the NWO. 

McCain and Obama are our worst nightmares waiting to happen.  What will it take to wake the people up?  Voting for 'none of the above' is looking better everyday! 

As always, thanks for reading!


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