McCain and Obama avoid the Immigration Issue

As I posted yesterday, there was absolutely no mention of Immigration during Tuesday's Presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. Plenty of other people have taken note, and are writing about it.

Latina Lista, lamenting the absence of a question on immigration during the debate, suggests what that question should be:

It's particularly disappointing that immigration wasn't addressed in light of another massive immigration raid that took place only 263 miles away from the debate site.

Had the candidates had time to answer a question on immigration, it should have been one question that would not have dealt with the regular issues that pit them against other members of their party like amnesty, border security or the border fence.

It would have been the one question that neither candidate has addressed but because of the situation in the country, it's imperative that they do:

Do you support a moratorium on immigration raids?

Immigration Impact, the Immigration Policy Center's blog, also had some words on the candidates silence regarding immigration and is ready with their own questions for Obama and McCain.

After two presidential debates and one vice-presidential showdown, the American public is still waiting to hear what John McCain and Barack Obama have to say about the elephant in the room: immigration.

Everyone from the Latino community to immigration advocates to probing journalists have been eagerly awaiting the immigration topic to be addressed by both candidates.

The debate is an opportunity for both candidates to set their records straight once and for all, including:

  • Who really was responsible for the fall of 2007’s immigration bill?
  • What should be done about the 12 million immigrants here in the U.S. without papers?
  • How will Obama and McCain address the problem of unscrupulous employers who hire workers, take advantage of them, and undercut their competitors?
  • Opponents to a path to citizenship say anything that provides legal status to those here illegally is amnesty: how do Obama and McCain define amnesty?  Do they support amnesty?  If not, what do they support?

How can Obama and McCain promise they will actually fix our immigration system rather than pass reforms that perpetuate the problem and lead to another 12 million coming in illegally in the future?

What questions would you ask the candidates? What would you like to hear them address about their positions on immigration policy?