Why no anti-immigration talk?

September 16, 2008

For the first half of this year and much of last, illegal immigrants were a big issue for Republicans. Some believe Sheriff Wendell Hall can credit his raids on undocumented workers as one of the keys to his primary victory.

However at the Republican National Convention the immigration issue was barely mentioned. Why?

Because John McCain has a more liberal approach to the issue. In 2007, McCain co-sponsored a bill with Democrats Harry Reid and Patrick Leahy that would have overhauled the nation’s immigration rules by creating a temporary worker program, a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal workers already here and provisions to tighten border security.

GOP senators killed it by introducing amendments that ultimately led to the bill’s demise.

  • Janes Life September 16, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    They didn’t have time to talk about the issues at the convention….they were to busy talking about Obama!

  • Ross Calloway September 16, 2008 at 8:25 am

    “However at the Republican National Convention the immigration issue was barely mentioned. Why?”

    Probably for the same reason it wasn’t mentioned at the Democratic National Convention.

    They both took a time out for pandering for the Latino vote.

  • Ross Calloway September 16, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Matter of fact. McCain spoke about it yesterday. Illegal immigration hasn’t gone away as a major concern. And yesterday, Obama and Biden were talking about McCain.

    I can’t wait to see what happens when people realize that of the 46+ million people that supposedly ‘don’t have health care,’ which is what his opponents are saying, include around 20 million illegals. When that happens, I think we’ll see the issue move to the front again.