The 2008 presidential election is fast approaching, and it is important to know about both candidates’ positions on immigration policy and other issues that affect Latino voters.
Both Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama supported President George Bush’s immigration reform legislation in 2006. The legislation includes increased funding for border security and improved enforcement of current immigration laws, yet it would also open up naturalization to some illegal immigrants.
However, some opinions have changed since then. McCain’s support of legislation that offers a legal path to citizenship has wavered, and he now says that he would make sure the border was secure before dealing with any other aspects of immigration policy. He even went as far as to say that he would no longer vote for the 2006 immigration reform bill.
Obama wishes to improve border security and offer a legal path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. CNN recently quoted the Obama campaign on his support for immigration reform:
“It’s not that we will grant citizenship, but we strongly support requiring them to legalize their status and allowing them to earn their right to commit to this country and eventually become citizens.”
Obama has also said that Americans should learn to speak another language, namely Spanish. It’s an asset to know Spanish, as there are over 45 million Hispanics living in the U.S. For a quick, easy and affordable way to learn Spanish, go to Spanish on the Job.
It’s also crucial for Spanish speakers to learn English in order to excel in the U.S. That’s why we created English on the Job as well!