According to an article on  “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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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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