Thursday, January 31, 2008

McCain vs. Romney: Immigration

Romney and McCain have clashed at the California debate. I’ve looked at each site to compare what they officially say about illegal immigration and border security. Both have this covered in their respective “issues” web pages. Romney is much more specific and focused on stopping illegal immigration. McCain is more vague about what he will actually do but also focuses on the larger immigration issues. Romney’s position is more about us living in a big gated community. McCain’s big picture view implies more of a let’s all work together philosophy. The specifics are below:




Mitt Romney has a six-part plan to “stop illegal immigration.” The main points are:

· Secure The Border.

· Implement An Enforceable Employer Verification System.

· Reject Amnesty.

· Punish Sanctuary Cities.

· Improve Interior Enforcement.

· Encourage Legal Immigration.

John McCain says he will secure the border but offers no specifics as Romney does. He has some bullet points but they pertain rather to things that we should also do to improve the immigration situation. Here are his five bullets (these are excerpts):

· Recognize the importance of building strong allies in Mexico and Latin America

· Recognize the importance of pro-growth policies -- … -- so American businesses can hire and pay the best.

· Recognize the importance of a flexible labor market …

· Recognize the importance of assimilation of our immigrant population …

· Recognize that America will always be that "shining city upon a hill," a beacon of hope and opportunity …

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