A Connecticut Reader Says John McCain`s Website And Campaign Ad In Spanish Tips His Hand About "Comprehensive Immigration Reform"
September 16, 2008, 05:00 AM
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From: Joseph Morabito (e-mail him)

Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Joe Predicts: Zero Percent Chance Of Amnesty in 2009!

I disagree with Guzzardi.

If elected, McCain will make "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" a major priority in his first 100 days (a la Jimmy Carter's pardoning of the draft resisters in 1977).

Why am I so pessimistic?

The following is from the official McCain Campaign website under Issues/Border Security: 

Address the Undocumented: 

John McCain will address the fact that we have a large number undocumented individuals living in the United States and working in our economy:

  • All undocumented individuals will be required to enroll in a program to resolve their status. This program will use background checks to identify criminal aliens for prosecution and deportation.

  • Assure that the remaining undocumented immigrants learn English, pay back taxes and fines, and pass a citizenship course as part of a path to legal status. Guarantee that no person here illegally receives a green card before those that have been legally waiting outside the country.  [VDARE.COM note: Read Joe Guzzardi's column "When Hell Freezes Over" here.]

  • The program will also ensure that all undocumented aliens either leave or follow the path to legal residence.  America cannot permit a permanent category of individuals that do not have recognized status – a permanent second class.

  • In addition, the program will provide a system that is fair, humane, realistic, and ensures the rights of the individual and families will be protected.

Here's a campaign ad McCain is running—titled "Whose Side Are They On" broadcast in Spanish only—wherein the voice over accuses Barack Obama, and his Democratic allies, as being opposed to comprehensive immigration reform, more guest workers and a "path to citizenship." (See it here; translation here.)

The ad concludes by saying that the Democrats "are ready to block immigration reform" but not ready to govern.

McCain does not say that he is in favor of immigration reform. But at the very end of the spot, he says: "I'm John McCain and I approve this ad."

The inescapable conclusion is that McCain will do what Obama will not—fight for amnesty, guest workers and citizenship.

Morabito is a software engineer who last voted Republican in 1988 and this year leans toward the Constitution Party.

Joe Guzzardi responds: My column emphasized that it isn't so much what McCain wants as what he might—or might not— get.

Bush pushed for "immigration reform" as soon as he took office and fought for it for eight years. But despite help from lots of people on both sides of the border, Bush failed.

McCain's website and video are interesting and confirm what we all know—that no matter what he says, he's solidly on the side of amnesty.

I note also that the video is hugely misleading. Obama has consistently voted for bills that would increase immigration and lead to amnesty.

And in an early Tuesday morning thought, I'll add that if there is a silver lining in the disastrous financial markets it would be that the chances for a full scale amnesty are directly proportional to the economy: the worse it gets, the more remote the possibilities for amnesty.