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Obama accuses McCain–who championed comprehensive immigration reform–of dropping cause. McCain forces strongly refute Obama assertion.
WASHINGTON–Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) speaking Tuesday to the United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) convention hours after White House rival Sen. John McCain (R-Az.), accused McCain–a leader on Senate immigration issues, especially in 2006–of not doing enough to pass comprehensive immigration reform. McCain’s team strongly disputes this Obama assertion. McCain earlier today said political reality means lawmakers want to deal with border security first.
Excerpt from Obama speech:
“Now, I know Senator McCain used to buck his party on immigration by fighting for comprehensive reform, and I admired him for it. But when he was running for his partys nomination, he abandoned his courageous stance, and said that he wouldnt even support his own legislation if it came up for a vote. Well, for eight long years, weve had a President who made all kinds of promises to Latinos on the campaign trail, but failed to live up to them in the White House, and we cant afford that anymore. We need a President who isnt going to walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular.
Thats the commitment Im making to you. I marched with you in the streets of Chicago to meet our immigration challenge. I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year as President not only because we have an obligation to secure our borders and get control of who comes in and out of our country. And not only because we have to crack down on employers who are abusing undocumented immigrants instead of hiring citizens. But because we have to finally bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. Yes, they broke the law. And they should have to pay a fine, and learn English, and go to the back of the line. Thats how well put them on a pathway to citizenship. Thats how well finally fix our broken immigration system and avoid creating a servant class in our midst. Its time to reconcile our values and principles as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. Thats what this election is all about.”