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  • Immigration reform rally takes over National Mall

    03/21/2010 4:32:43 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 26 replies · 667+ views
    ABC 7 News ^ | March 21, 2010 | Evelyn Holmes
    March 21, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington,DC Sunday for a rally focused on immigration reform. Some of those gathered are from the Chicago area. They say they fear reform efforts have been put on the back burner. While in the shadow of Sunday's health care reform vote, tens of thousands of protesters from around the country marched in Washington to push for a long-awaited immigration overhaul, as their fellow advocates in the Chicago area demanded the president make good on his promise of change. "One thing we want to see [is]...
  • Obama on immigration: then and now (Rep. Luis Gutierrez)

    03/17/2010 8:13:16 AM PDT · by AuntB · 10 replies · 554+ views
    The Hill ^ | Mar. 17, 2010 | Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)
    Three years ago, when I met with Senator Barack Obama in his Chicago office and we contemplated his possible run for the presidency, I was enthusiastic. On that day, it was hard for me to imagine a time I would have to say no to Barack Obama when he asked me for support. But last week, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus sat down with the president, and he asked us to vote for the health care reform bill -- a bill that denies immigrants the opportunity to purchase health care with their own money. It was one more in a string...
  • Obama Links Immigration Overhaul in 2010 to G.O.P. Backing

    03/11/2010 7:33:55 PM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies · 620+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 03/12/10 | Julia Preston
    President Obama said Thursday that he would proceed with an overhaul of the immigration system this year if he could attract substantial Republican support. But a leading Republican who supports an overhaul said a bill could not go forward if the president used a legislative shortcut sidestepping Republicans to pass his health care bill. Obama spent most of the afternoon in meetings on immigration, including one with Senator Charles Schumer [D-NY]. and Senator Lindsey Graham [R-SC]. who have been holding closed-door sessions over the last six months to draw up a bill to revamp the immigration system. The White House...
  • Latino Democrats form immigration reform group

    02/28/2010 9:17:32 AM PST · by AuntB · 10 replies · 453+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | Feb. 27, 2010 | Stephen Wall
    Frustrated by the lack of progress on immigration reform, area Latino Democrats are forming a new group to pressure the Obama Administration to take action on the issue. Latino Democratic politicians and community activists who voted for President Barack Obama say he has failed to fulfill a campaign pledge to overhaul immigration laws. "It's way overdue," said Gil Navarro, a member of the San Bernardino County board of education. "That was one of the promises the President gave us and we want to hold him accountable like any other public official." Navarro is creating a Latino Democratic Caucus of the...
  • Immigration: big government is no answer

    02/27/2010 3:17:58 AM PST · by Scanian · 22 replies · 507+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 26, 2010 | LINDA CHAVEZ
    Immigration-reform legislation is probably dead this year. That no doubt pleases some conservatives -- but the issue isn't going away. If conservatives hope to become the dominant force in American politics, we need to figure out a way to resolve the problem without alienating the country's fastest-growing demographic, Hispanics. I delivered that message last week to some 10,000 conservatives gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee meeting in Washington. The message seemed to resonate among many in the audience -- a minority to be sure, but a fairly large one. I wasn't surprised. Conservatives are not monolithic in their...
  • What March? (Immigration 'reform' march on Washington, DC)

    02/23/2010 6:03:14 PM PST · by La Lydia · 34 replies · 797+ views
    Reform Immigration For America ^ | February 23, 2010 | Deepak Bhargava
    On March 21st, we will march on Washington, DC to demand immigration reform. Our vision of reform includes immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens working shoulder to shoulder to achieve better wages, working conditions, and labor protections. People from all across America will lend their voice in the fight for reform. We will come together as one voice on the National Mall for a strong America – for families, for workers, for businesses, and for security. Join thousands from across the country in the March For America in DC on March 21st, and demand Congress act NOW to pass immigration reform...
  • Immigration Debate Prompts Growing Jewish-Latino Ties

    01/31/2010 6:49:27 PM PST · by Bob017 · 27 replies · 479+ views
    Forward ^ | January 27, 2010, | Nathan Guttman
    Washington — Even as health care reform twists in the wind, immigration policy looms as the next big political debate — and Hispanics and Jews are moving to the forefront in a burgeoning political alliance. The next three months are seen as critical in the fight for immigration reform, but the weakening of the Democrats’ grip on Congress with the recent loss of a key Massachusetts Senate seat does not bode well for the passage of reform legislation. The Jewish-Latino alliance on immigration issues builds on the heritage and experience of the Jewish community and on the enthusiasm and urgent...
  • Catholic Bishops Lobby for ObamaCare, Amnesty for Illegals

    01/28/2010 10:25:40 AM PST · by AIM Freeper · 25 replies · 514+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | January 27, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    Calling health care a "right" to be guaranteed by the federal government, America's Catholic Bishops are trying to save ObamaCare at a time when the legislation has been pronounced in limbo, dying or dead by most of the media. The evidence of intensive Catholic Bishop lobbying activity suggests that liberal Congressional leaders are going to give the legislation a temporary respite so that liberal Catholics can be persuaded to pressure Congress to pass both national health care legislation and "comprehensive immigration reform" in the form of H.R. 4321, the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity" Act. As AIM...
  • Obama says 'yes we can' to immigration reform (Barf bag required)

    01/28/2010 10:18:08 AM PST · by AuntB · 11 replies · 369+ views
    Irish Central ^ | Jan. 28, 2010 | Niall O'Dowd
    Barack Obama came out fighting last night in his State of the Union and made it clear that issues such as immigration reform are still very much on his agenda. It was great to see the Commander in Chief recapture some of the fire and fury that brought him to the White House in the first place. For too long he has seemed a prisoner of the office, tentative, not bold, afraid to shake up the cosy consensus that passes for policy these days. On immigration reform he was clear that he will pursue what has become one of the...
  • NY Mayor Bloomberg to promote immigration reform

    01/01/2010 2:46:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,512+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 1, 2010 | Daniel Trotta
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged on Friday to promote a more open U.S. immigration policy during his third term, much as he made a campaign against illegal guns a hallmark of his second term. "With leaders from across the country, we will assemble a bipartisan coalition to support President Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform that honors our history, upholds our values, and promotes our economy," Bloomberg said upon being sworn in for his third term as mayor. The White House has said it will aim for immigration reform in 2010, possibly including a...
  • The Latino Let Down

    12/28/2009 5:06:44 PM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 16 replies · 689+ views ^ | 12/28/9 | Peter Andrew
    Democrats have let down Latino voters again. President Obama promised Hispanic voters he would tackle immigration reform during his first year. He didn't. Big surprise...another broken promise. ...We'll let the left who voted for Obama tell this story. We looked for a Latin American Obama voter and we found one. In a recent article in the UNLV Rebel Yell Eva Rodriquez-Saenz wrote, "It was not long ago that Latinos voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama in hopes of attaining a greater presence in the minds and votes of legislators." "..."The chants of “¡Si se puede!” have died down...During an interview...
  • Amnesty without Justice: Sacrificing American Children on the Pathway to Citizenship

    12/22/2009 8:48:20 AM PST · by AuntB · 14 replies · 981+ views
    Center for immigration studies ^ | dec. 22, 2009 | Ronald W. Mortensen
    Amnesty: the act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals. The advocates for the "comprehensive immigration reform" bill that was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 4321) claim that it is not an amnesty bill because illegal aliens have to pay a $500 fine, which is roughly 5 percent of the cost of the services of a good "coyote" or alien-smuggler. This means that for a $500 payment, illegal aliens will be granted total amnesty from the multiple felonies that they commit in order to get jobs...

    10/22/2009 3:06:14 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 9 replies · 535+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 10/22/09 | Staff
    Today, leading police executives from states as diverse as California, Iowa and Texas joined a growing chorus of law enforcement officials calling for comprehensive immigration reform. The law enforcement leaders, who discussed the issue during a telephonic press conference, described how the broken immigration system damages public trust and harms public safety. They stressed the importance of getting input from state and local law enforcement as Congress prepares to take up immigration reform in early 2010.
  • Today is National Undocumented Worker Day (NUWD) - what are YOU doing for it?

    09/18/2009 7:41:26 AM PDT · by mudblood · 23 replies · 733+ views
    Collective Wishes ^ | 9/18/09 | Candle
    Because today is National Undocumented Worker Day (NUWD), I decided to do something about it. It is a travesty what is going on in this country. Millions of so-called "illegals" are deported daily - on a DAILY basis - and it has to stop. Just today I was ordering coffee at Cosi, and the lady there (who is Mexican either Guatemalan or Chilean) couldn't understand my order, messed it up. I wanted to yell at her, make her feel bad in some way, but I stopped myself - because she is here illegally, and I need to put myself in...
  • Foundation Laid for Needed Immigration Reform

    08/21/2009 8:41:51 PM PDT · by machogirl · 46 replies · 1,478+ views
    SEIU blog ^ | August 20, 2009 | Joaquin Guerra
    Today, in a meeting to convene a diverse group of labor, advocacy, faith and business leaders, SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina met with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to discuss immigration reform. As an added bonus, President Barack Obama made an unscheduled visit to the meeting and reiterated his support of pushing through a comprehensive immigration package this Congress. The Hill reports that: "Obama urged leaders to work together in order to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Advocates took the presidential visit as a sign of the administration's commitment to the issue." In the first of its kind meeting...
  • Honda introduces bill that would make sweeping changes in legal immigration

    06/04/2009 11:28:17 PM PDT · by IdahoPatriot · 17 replies · 876+ views ^ | June 3, 2009 | Ken McLaughlin
    To ensure that issues involving legal immigration don't get lost in the fiery debate about illegal immigration, Silicon Valley Congressman Mike Honda today will introduce a bill that would give green-card holders the same rights as citizens to bring their spouses and children to the U.S.
  • Group trying to build momentum for immigration reform (OPEN BORDERS BARF ALERT)

    06/02/2009 10:05:54 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 13 replies · 566+ views ^ | 6-1-09 | Art Hovey
    Building a fence along the Mexican border and fighting over proposed immigration restrictions in Fremont are a lot more visible right now than any new paths to citizenship. But that didn’t stop Nebraska advocates of a more welcoming attitude from stepping forward to make their case in Lincoln and Omaha Monday. “I can’t tell you how devastating it is to me to see that fence as an American citizen,” the Rev. Chuck Bentjen said at the Lincoln launch of the National Campaign to Reform Immigration for America. Bentjen, based in Lincoln with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, was one...
  • Calderon presses Obama, U.S. on immigration

    04/17/2009 7:58:08 AM PDT · by IndianPrincessOK · 8 replies · 460+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/17/09 | By Stephen Dinan
    MEXICO CITY | Mexican President Felipe Calderon, ahead of a meeting and joint press conference with President Obama, called on the United States to pass an immigration bill as part of a new partnership between the two countries, even as he said Mexico welcomes U.S. business investment. "Open up the door of hope," Mr. Calderon said at a ceremony to welcome Mr. Obama for a one-day visit to Mexico before they both go to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of the Western Hemisphere's leaders, this weekend. For his part, Mr. Obama barely mentioned the...
  • Cornyn applauds Obama on immigration reform

    04/10/2009 11:09:40 AM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 39 replies · 1,298+ views
    Houston Chronical ^ | 4-9-9 | Staff?
    Here's what Cornyn said about the Obama White House's decision to re-open the public dialogue on immigration: "I applaud President Obama's commitment to addressing comprehensive immigration reform this year, and stand ready to work with him to produce a product that represents the best interests of America, including respect for the rule of law, national security and economic security. "Comprehensive, common-sense immigration reform remains a top priority for me. Any legislation must protect our borders, promote economic prosperity in Texas and throughout the United States, and be consistent with our American values of compassion, family and opportunity."
  • President Obama To Tackle "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" This Year - Video 4/9/09

    04/09/2009 5:10:20 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 244+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 9, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report that says President Obama intends to tackle "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" this year that will include increased Border Security, a path to citizenship for illegals already here, and cracking down on those who employ illegal immigrants. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Times Urges GOP To Commit Suicide On Immigration

    02/02/2009 2:26:29 PM PST · by AIM Freeper · 34 replies · 817+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | February 2, 2009 | Don Feder
    The New York Times managed to get the following ad hominems into yesterday’s immigration editorial: “racialist extremism,” “nativism of fringe right-wingers,” “white-supremacist views” and (that old standby of the anti-sovereignty left) “Know-Nothings.” The editorial was a hysterical response to last week’s National Press Club event, where a group of immigration-reform advocates observed that if the GOP is ever again to become a majority party, it has to get real about defending our borders.
  • Immigration reform coming but won't be easy (Kondracke Barf alert!)

    01/17/2009 10:35:47 AM PST · by AuntB · 11 replies · 545+ views
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | Jan. 16, 2009 | Morton Kondracke
    Given last year's election results, major immigration reform ought to pass in 2009 – but first, the incoming Obama administration has to decide what to do about some draconian policies put into place by the Bush administration. After failing to pass its own reform bill in 2007, Bush & Co. launched a policy of high-visibility workplace raids, mass deportation and rigorous employment verification designed to show that they were tough on illegal immigration. President-elect Barack Obama denounced the raids during the campaign, but canceling George W. Bush's policies could open the new administration to charges that it's "soft" on enforcement...
  • How Many Mexicans Can You Fit in a Bus?

    01/13/2009 8:13:27 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 29 replies · 3,133+ views ^ | 01 13 09 |
    I like most Mexican people, just as I like most Americans. I don’t have prejudice against them, they are God’s children, just like me. So let’s get that out of the way. What I do hate, is illegal activity. I don’t like it when people ignore our laws, and sneak into our country. Yes, yes, we are a country of immigrants, I get that, I love that, I respect that, and encourage that. But, we are not a country of illegal immigrants. Law and order should be followed in all things. What I hate more than illegal immigration, is when...
  • Secure Borders, End Sanctuaries, Deport Illegals

    01/11/2009 5:33:52 AM PST · by real_patriotic_american · 27 replies · 2,404+ views
    Red Bluff Daily News ^ | January 11, 2009 | Pete Stiglich
    What part of illegal alien is so difficult to understand? Apparently, there are those who are either too confused, too unwilling or too incapable of understanding the meaning of those simple words. Instead, they'd rather emotionalize any debate on illegal immigration with cries of racism, discrimination and an alleged lack of compassion for our fellow human beings. They choose this course rather than honestly dealing with the established fact we are a nation of laws - laws intended and necessary to preserve civility and order for our common good. I, for one, refuse to be intimidated or influenced by such...
  • Bush regrets immigration reforms weren’t approved

    01/10/2009 8:33:16 AM PST · by bimboeruption · 121 replies · 2,354+ views
    LasVegasSun ^ | 1/9/9 | Unknown to me
    <p>President George W. Bush told a group of Texas reporters Friday that he regretted immigration policies were not reformed while he was in office.</p> <p>"I'm very disappointed that it didn't pass," he said in an interview with correspondents from his home state. "I'm very worried about the message that said, 'Republicans are anti-immigrant.'"</p>
  • (Riverside, CA.) Inland Latino Population Growth Is 4th-Highest In The Nation

    01/09/2009 5:05:31 PM PST · by real_patriotic_american · 42 replies · 3,896+ views
    The Press Enterprise ^ | October 23, 2008 | David Olson
    Riverside and San Bernardino counties added more Latino residents between 2000 and 2007 than all but three other U.S. counties, a new analysis of U.S. Census data found. The report, by the nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based Pew Hispanic Center, also found that most Latino population growth is now from new births. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was mostly from immigration. That means no matter what happens to the immigration rate, the Latino population of Riverside and San Bernardino counties will continue to grow steadily, reaching a majority within several years, experts say. Riverside County's Hispanic population surged 60 percent between...
  • Chuck Norris: Invasion USA

    01/08/2009 4:25:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies · 1,783+ views
    Human Events ^ | January 6, 2009 | Chuck Norris
    The U.S. is being infiltrated by illegals, sold to foreign powers, and abandoned by its government. But are Americans enabling the dissolution of our economy and country as well by continuing to buy foreign goods? America literally is being sold out from underneath Americans. According to the 2008 Economic Report of the President: "The United States is both the single leading recipient and leading source of foreign direct investment in the world. In 2006, total cumulative FDI in the United States was almost $1.8 trillion, 15 percent of the world total." In 2006, foreign-owned assets in the U.S. totaled roughly...

    11/25/2008 7:24:57 PM PST · by andrew roman · 21 replies · 1,004+ views ^ | 25 Novemner 2008 | Andrew Roman
    At least John McCain is back to his old self. This assumes, of course, at some point he wasn't.Believe me, he was. (See the entire 2008 campaign).He's back to being the crotchety old Republicrat spitfire, Mac the Mav.That reach-across-the-aisle, strolling-down-the-median joie de vivre he possesses (and can beckon at will) is throttling up for the new administration.Goodie gumdrops.Since the time is just about right for McCain to ride the wave of ascendancy back into the good graces of the media (who, you'll recall, once upon a time, had rockets in their pockets for him when he was still their beloved...
  • Obama and McCain agreed to move forward on immigration, says Reid

    11/25/2008 2:41:42 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 62 replies · 1,543+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 2008-11-25
    Via the Standard. This is what they’re going to do to pass the time in Congress between bailouts? Jerk around with a hot-button issue guaranteed to enrage all sides and exacerbate Democratic infighting while the economy’s melting down and the Iran nuclear clock ticks on? Why not toss social security onto the table too, just to really get the juices flowing?
  • Obama eyes Napolitano for top Homeland post

    11/20/2008 7:17:21 PM PST · by IdahoPatriot · 16 replies · 901+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/21/2008 | Christina Bellantoni
    The Obama transition team declined to comment but sources said Miss Napolitano is expected to get the job once Mr. Obama begins formally announcing and introducing Cabinet choices. Lawmakers were already talking in public Thursday as if the pick were a done deal. The move drew praise from Mr. Obama's Republican presidential opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who said he called his home-state governor to offer his congratulations.
  • Latinos helped elect Barack Obama and hope he won't forget them

    11/20/2008 5:42:50 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies · 575+ views
    nydailynews ^ | 11.15.08 | DAVID SALTONSTALL
    On his first full day as President, Barack Obama will be greeted by salutes, good wishes - and throngs of protesters on the National Mall demanding immigration reform.   It will be a thunderous welcome, delivered mostly by Hispanic voters who - having provided a critical edge to Obama on Election Day in several key states - are looking for payback. "We voted in the millions, and now we're going to demand progress in the millions," said Angelica Salas, an organizer of the Jan. 21 protest and director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. RELATED: LATINO...
  • Oklahoma Immigration Group Awards Duncan Hunter "Excellent" Rating (and Endorsement)

    01/14/2008 11:29:23 PM PST · by pissant · 62 replies · 287+ views
    Red Stater ^ | 1/14/08 | staff
    Immigration Reform in Oklahoma Now (IRON) awards Republican Presidential hopeful Duncan Hunter it's only "EXCELLENT" rating and endorsement! Meanwhile, frontrunner's John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney come up short. "The only conservative candidate, Duncan Hunter Effective in getting border security fence in San Diego area, wrote the Secure Fence Act of 854 miles to complete the southern border. Has worked diligently to stop illegal immigration in California and America over the past 8-9 years. Current ranking member of House Armed Services Committee He is not part of ‘free trade’ crowd. He believes the industrial base should be...
  • Miss. governor signs bill requiring checks on immigrants' status

    03/18/2008 4:13:24 AM PDT · by WKB · 14 replies · 720+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | 3-18-8 | By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. --Mississippi's Republican governor campaigned last year on minimizing government regulation of business, but he signed bill Monday that he said will require employers to use an unproven federal system to check immigrants' status. Haley Barbour said he has "serious concerns about specific provisions of the bill that could have unintended negative consequences." The bill becomes law Jan. 1. It will require employers to use the U.S. Homeland Security electronic verification system to check whether new hires are legal residents. Employers who hire illegal immigrants could lose their business license for a year and any state contract work for...
  • Federal Gridlock on Immigration Reform Leads States to Action (New laws triple in ‘07)

    11/30/2007 1:43:05 PM PST · by flattorney · 27 replies · 1,362+ views
    November 29, 2007Federal Gridlock on Immigration Reform Leads States to Action:  States enacted triple the numbers of laws in 2007 over 2006 DENVER - In the absence of federal immigration reform, state legislatures have passed an unprecedented amount of legislation related to immigrants in a range of policy arenas.As of November 16, 2007, roughly 1562 pieces of legislation related to immigrants and immigration had been introduced among the 50 state legislatures. Of these bills, 244 became law in 46 states. 11 bills have been vetoed by governors. Two measures are still pending governors’ review.State legislators have introduced roughly two...
  • &#8200;Paroled Killers are "Undeportable" illegal immigrants

    10/17/2008 2:40:39 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 21 replies · 742+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 10/17/2008 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    A classic Catch 22. We can't deport them because their home country doesn't want them. Why? Because they are convicted murderers. So we have to free them here.
  • The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal, Mark Krikorian(book review)

    09/29/2008 10:47:29 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 5 replies · 509+ views ^ | September 22, 2008 | Scott McConnell
    Assimilating to the GOP The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal, Mark Krikorian Scott McConnell No contemporary American political movement has had more difficulty finding an effective tone than the immigration-reform lobby. Its aim of slowing down the rate of immigration has long been supported by popular opinion, but it has never found majority elite support in either party. The eloquent arguments pushed by National Review in the early 1990s, particularly Peter Brimelow’s powerful brief for the American nation as a product of shared culture and ethnicity, were for the most part rejected or shunned by the conservative...
  • California's Illegal Nanny-State

    09/25/2008 10:12:56 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 25, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    California’s Illegal Nanny-State by: Bethany Stotts, September 25, 2008 The debate over illegal immigration—a culture war fought on the dual fronts of terminology and selective media coverage—reached another milestone this September, when the California state appeals court decided that a class-action lawsuit represented by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) was improperly dismissed by the Yolo County superior court. The out-of-state plaintiffs filed suit in 2006 after California passed a law providing in-state tuition for exemption holders, including foreign nationals and illegal immigrants. The complaint (pdf), issued by IRLI, argues that the California statute violates federal law and the U.S....
  • McCain commercial blames Obama for 'amnesty' failure – in Spanish

    09/19/2008 2:12:43 AM PDT · by Man50D · 62 replies · 132+ views ^ | September 18, 2008
    A new Spanish-language John McCain television commercial airing in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico attacks Barack Obama for not doing enough to support the so-called "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation backed by President Bush and Sen. Ted Kennedy that was defeated in 2007 after a national uprising in which it was characterized as a massive amnesty scheme. The English-language translation of the 30-second commercial, "Which Side Are They On?" is here: Announcer: Obama and his congressional allies say they are on the side of immigrants. But are they? The press reports that their efforts were "poison pills" that made immigration...
  • McCain Camp Slams Obama Ads Linking Candidate to Limbaugh

    09/18/2008 12:50:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 166+ views
    McCain Camp Slams Obama Ads Linking Candidate to Limbaugh by Thursday, September 18, 2008 John McCain and Rush Limbaugh are both slamming Barack Obama’s campaign for linking the two in a series of newly released Spanish-language ads that blast McCain as a two-faced, anti-immigrant lawmaker intolerant of Hispanics. Limbaugh lambasted McCain for an entire summer two years ago over McCain’s sponsorship of an immigration reform bill that included a temporary guest worker program and path to citizenship for illegal aliens.
  • McCain Kennedy Reborn

    09/16/2008 11:27:07 PM PDT · by Checkers · 30 replies · 547+ views
    Immigration Daily ^ | September 17, 2008 |
    If immigration is your number one political priority, what should you do this election? We begin with the observation that Democrats will likely consolidate and expand their control of the Senate and the House. This is good news for the immigration cause. However, in spite of controlling Congress for the past two years Democrats have done virtually nothing on immigration benefits and have continued massive spending on immigration enforcement. So, even though most political analysts are agreed that Democrats are poised for significant gains in the House and the Senate, that alone does not portend any immigration benefits in the...
  • McCain ad slams Obama, Senate Democrats on immigration

    09/13/2008 5:09:22 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 180 replies · 408+ views
    CNN ^ | September 13, 2008 | Rebecca Sinderbrand
    New McCain ad blames Obama and Democrats for death of immigration overhaul effort.(CNN) – John McCain’s campaign is running a Spanish language ad in battleground states that blames Barack Obama and Senate Democrats for the failure of attempts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws — even though the Republican nominee and his Democratic counterpart cast identical votes in the key Senate showdowns on that issue last year “Obama and his congressional allies say they are on the side of immigrants. But are they?” asks the announcer in the 30-second spot, “Which Side Are They On?” “The press reports that their...
  • McCain Tells Latinos Immigration Reform is 'Top Priority'

    07/15/2008 9:25:44 AM PDT · by BGHater · 30 replies · 218+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 14 July 2008 | Juliet Eilperin
    Speaking at the National Council of La Raza conference today, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) engaged in a lively give-and-take with several Latino activists who questioned his stance on illegal immigration. In one heated exchange with an audience member, a questioner asked McCain whether he, like presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama (Ill.), would make immigration reform a top priority as president and provide a pathway to citizenship for 12 million undocumented workers living illegally in the U.S. as part of a single immigration bill. McCain responded by defending his record on immigration against Obama's, saying the Democrat took his lead from...
  • McCain defends his position on immigration reform

    07/14/2008 7:59:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 122+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/14/08 | John Marelius
    SAN DIEGO – Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Monday vigorously disputed his opponent's assertion that he had backed away from his own comprehensive plan to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. “I do ask for your trust that when I say I remain committed to fair, practical and comprehensive immigration reform, I mean it,” the Arizona senator told the National Council of La Raza convention here. “I think I have earned that trust.” On Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, told the same group at the San Diego Convention Center that McCain backed off his...
  • McCain's remarks to La Raza

    07/14/2008 12:59:08 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 135 replies · 645+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 2008-07-14 | Ed Morrissey
    "But I do ask for your trust that when I say, I remain committed to fair, practical and comprehensive immigration reform, I mean it. I think I have earned that trust." —John McCain
  • McCain shifts his message toward Latino immigrants

    07/12/2008 1:29:37 PM PDT · by MrCFdovnh · 183 replies · 231+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 9, 2008 | Peter Wallsten and Maeve Reston
    WASHINGTON - John McCain, angling to win a bigger share of the fast-growing Latino vote, is taking the risky step of placing an immigration overhaul at the center of his appeal. The presumed Republican presidential nominee, who trails Barack Obama among Latinos, had been focused on assuring conservatives that securing the U.S. border with Mexico would be his immigration priority. But McCain has adopted a message that gives equal weight to helping employers and immigrant workers and their families. That suggests that as president he would back the kind of legislation that has roiled many in his party -- most...
  • McCain Ad Reaches Out to Hispanics

    07/11/2008 8:23:58 AM PDT · by Baron OBeef Dip · 20 replies · 185+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 11, 2008 | Michael Falcone
    Underscoring the importance of the Hispanic vote, the McCain campaign is going on the air with a new ad that makes a specific appeal to the rapidly growing demographic. In the one-minute television spot, entitled “God’s Children,” Mr. McCain refers to the military service of Hispanics in wars, past and present. He asks Americans to “remember that these are God’s children. They must come into our country legally, but they have enriched our culture and our nation as every generation of immigrants before them." The ad, which will appear in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, features scenes of the Vietnam...
  • McCain ad: “God’s Children”

    07/11/2008 7:02:51 AM PDT · by GOPGuide · 72 replies · 218+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Team McCain has its latest ad out today, taken from a New Hampshire debate in June 2007, when John McCain soliloquized on the contributions of Hispanic citizens and residents to our efforts in Vietnam and Iraq. Titled “God’s Children”, the ad matches imagery to McCain’s impromptu salute: "My friends, I want you the next time you’re down in Washington, D.C., to go to the Vietnam War Memorial and look at the names engraved in black granite. You’ll find a whole lot of Hispanic names. When you go to Iraq or Afghanistan today, you’re going to see a whole lot of...
  • McCain Makes Appeal to Hispanics

    07/08/2008 1:56:07 PM PDT · by MrPiper · 82 replies · 88+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 9, 2008 | MICHAEL COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain told a major Hispanic group here Tuesday that he remains committed to passing the kind of immigration legislation that angered many Republican voters last year (snip)
  • McCain Says Immigration Reform Should Be Top Priority

    05/22/2008 5:24:49 PM PDT · by loungeSerf · 33 replies · 309+ views
    The Caucus: New York Times Politics Blog ^ | May 22, 2008 | Michael Luo
    SAN JOSE—In yet another sign of his pivoting toward the general election, Senator John McCain said at a roundtable with business leaders here today that comprehensive immigration reform should be a top priority for the next president. Mr. McCain’s willingness to address the issue was striking given how the topic became something of a third-rail for Republican presidential candidates during the primary. When Mr. McCain’s presidential bid stalled last summer, many blamed his advocacy for the immigration reform bill in the Senate, which included a pathway to citizenship for the illegal immigrants already here in the country. ....cont.
  • McCain calls for guest worker visas

    05/22/2008 3:16:42 PM PDT · by radar101 · 105 replies · 145+ views
    SacBee ^ | May 22, 2008 | Peter Hecht
    NION CITY - Republican presidential candidate John McCain joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in calling today for comprehensive immigration reform, including guest worker visas to bring employees to California's Silicon Valley and the state's vast agricultural fields. The two men brought up the issue at McCain's prompting during a global competitiveness roundtable featuring California technology executives and entrepreneurs. Asked by Silicon Valley panelists on what he would do to grant more visa for skilled technology workers, McCain broadly advocated the comprehensive immigration reform plan he had backed with Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy in Congress. The same issue brought McCain intense criticism...