Obama, McCain Avoid Debate on Immigration

By Jonathan Adams Oct 13, 2008

The presidential election is days away, and with only one debate left, many are wondering why Sens. McCain and Obama have been relatively silent on immigration.

McCain: "When we have achieved our border security goal, we must enact and implement the other parts of practical, fair and necessary immigration reform. … We can’t let immigrants break our laws with impunity. We can’t leave our borders undefended. But these people are God’s children." National Council of La Raza conference, July 14 Obama: "I think it’s time for a president who won’t walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular. … We can reconcile our values as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws." National Council of La Raza conference, July 13

Because of the economy, neither candidate wants to be the one to bring up the issue. Immigrants aren’t coming to the United States as quickly now–historically, this is typical during bad economic times–, but the next administration has to come up with a plan to deal with the inevitability of immigration. Rinku Sen argues in The Accidental American that a humane immigration policy ensures "that the people who end up in a certain place really want to be in that place, that they’re willing to make themselves part of its social, civic, and political fabric, both conforming to and improving it as necessary." Tell Senators Barack Obama and John McCain to live up to their campaign promises and pledge to come up with a fair and effective immigration policy in the first 100 days of their term in office as President.