As the political debates between both candidates heat up, so does the vision on the core issues. A recent excellent article by Prof. Wayne A. Cornelius, touches on a very important point relating to the immigration debate. The McCain-Palin campaign has embarked on an effort to court Latino voters by trashing Barack Obama’s record on immigration reform.
Prof. Cornelius points out:
Beginning with his speeches to La Raza and other Latino groups last summer, McCain has also been trying to diminish Obama’s role in the crafting of comprehensive immigration reform. That’s another serious distortion of the record. Obama largely drafted the crucial Title III (work-site enforcement) section of the 2006 bill, which was the foundation for the same component of the 2007 comprehensive immigration reform bill.
As someone who has studied the twists and turns of immigration reform for nearly four decades, there is no question in my mind about which presidential candidate in 2008 is most strongly committed to immigration reform, and which is most likely to deliver on it during his first term.