According to an article on npr.com: “When McCain co-sponsored the bill with Kennedy, he alienated fellow Republicans. After the bill failed to pass in the House and he flip-flopped back into a more conservative stance, McCain alienated Hispanics. Obama enjoys a wide advantage among Hispanic voters. McCain can’t afford to alienate anyone else by substantively talking about illegal immigration.”
Early in the campaigns, when immigration was the hot issue du jour, I wrote several blog entries in which I pointed out that from a strategic and political point of view, the candidates should avoid discussing the immigration issue. It seems that both campaigns have figured out that this is a lose-lose subject on which to focus. Avoiding the topic is made all the easier by the economic issues we face.
Will comprehensive immigration reform become a reality within the next 36 months? It is hard to predict. Although both Obama and McCain support CIR, unless the economy improves and U.S. job losses subside, it will be a hard sell. On the other hand, if Obama wins the presidency and Democrats gain a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate (at least 60 seats) and increase their presence in the House, when the immigration issue does arise, it will be a great deal easier for Comgress to pass CIR and have it signed into law.
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