According to an article on the Wall Street Journal Online:  “For months, the candidates have largely been trying to outdo each other on who would take a harder line cracking down on illegals. This weekend, they’ll be asked to elaborate in a debate hosted by Spanish-language network Univision at the University of Miami.”

Immigration is truly like the cheese that lures the mouse to the mousetrap.  Hopefully the questions posed to the contenders will give specific examples that cannot be brushed off with the usual “I support immigration but not illegal immigration.”  I would ask the candidates questions such as:

Would you support eliminating citizenship for children of undocumented aliens who are born in the US?

Would you support temporarily eliminating legal immigration to the US?

Would you support deporting all undocumented children who brought to the US at a very young age, attended high school, speak only English and know no other culture?

Would you support jailing all knowing employers of undocumented?

Would you support a hospital being prohibited from treating an undocumented alien who is suffering from a heart attack who shows up at the ER?

Would you support the prohibition of any candidate who has ever knowingly hired an undocumented worker from holding any political office at the Federal level?

These are just off the top of my head and far more outrageous the questions could be posed.  It simply pays to lock the candidates into their stated positions so that they don’t take a 180 degree turn with their rhetoric when seeking the Hispanic vote in the general election.

Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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