Using polling data as its foundation, Rasmussen Reports argues that as Barack Obama and John McCain debate immigration, the media misses the issues Americans care about.
Current conventional media wisdom holds that since Obama and McCain both support a path to citizenship, voters won't worry about immigration this Fall. But, Rasmussen argues that the real debate begins with the details of the path. According to polling, most Americans want a sustainable plan that meets the basic goal of reducing illegal immigration in the future. In addition, Americans overwhelmingly want immigrants to embrace American culture and language.
Last Saturday, Obama and McCain spoke about immigration in front of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. To find out what they said, and for more on the candidates' immigration records, read more.
McCain addressed his immigration record, which includes a Senate bill he authored but later rejected. He said: "Many Americans, with good cause, did not believe us when we said we would secure our borders, and so we failed in our efforts. We must prove to them that we can and will secure our borders first." McCain also touted plans for lower taxes, which would benefit Latino small businesses.
Obama also spoke about securing the borders, but said: "If we think that a wall is the sole solution to the problem, then we're not thinking it through." In the Senate, Obama has proposed a system to help employers check eligibility, legislation that would ensure immigration fees are reasonable as well as improve the accuracy and speed of FBI background checks. Obama has also introduced amendments that support keeping immigrant families together.
Do you want to hear more from the candidates regarding how they plan on putting immigrants on the path to citizenship? What sort of plan would you like to see?