Posted by: Generación Latina | August 4, 2008

Our Issues, 2008:: Part II: IMMIGRATION

The problem: There are over 12 million undocumented people in the United States, a failing bureaucracy, ineffective deportation raids, and family separations.

“What do you do with the 11 million people that are already here? … Make them earn citizenship because they have broken our laws. My friends, thats not amnesty. Amnesty is forgiveness. We’re not forgiving anything.” McCain- in New Hampshire, April 7, 2007

“It’s not automatic citizenship. It’s not amnesty. They would have to pay a fine. They would have to not have engaged in any criminal activity. They would have to learn English. They would have to go to the back of the line so that they did not get citizenship before those persons who had come here legally.” Barack Obama— “Larry King Live,” March 24, 2007

Both Obama and McCain:

Support a path to legalization for the undocumented that requires learning English and paying fines. Both would toughen penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants and remove incentives to enter illegally while fixing the broken immigration systems that has visa applicants waiting for years before they can step foot in the United States.

How the two differ?

Obama favors granting green cards based on familial ties while McCain would grant them based on the level of an immigrant’s education and skills in the job market.

Actions taken:

Both Obama and McCain:

  • Obama co-sponsored and McCain voted for the DREAM Act of 2007 which would allow states to give illegal immigrants in-state tuition for higher education to create a path to legalization for illegal immigrant students.

  • Voted yes on the “Secure Fence Act of 2006,” which created 700 miles of new fence along the US/Mexico border.

  • McCain co-sponsored and Obama voted “yes” on the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006,” which would have created a guest worker program and addressed border security issues.

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