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Bloggings: Obama vs. Romney: the Immigration Battle, By: Danielle Beach and Lusine Lisyanova

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Obama vs. romney


The November presidential election will have a drastic effect on the lives of immigrants living
in the United States.  The two candidates' views on immigration are as different as night and day. 
Consequently, should Romney win, it will become much more difficult for illegal immigrants to
secure a foothold in America. 


At present, Romney is completely against granting amnesty to those immigrants who have come to
the Untied States by unlawful means.  Although he supports immigration, he only approves of
immigrants coming to the US through lawful channels.  He firmly stated that this nation should
cease providing incentive for people to cross its borders without obtaining proper documentation
first.  In fact, Romney did just that when he was governor of Massachusetts - he vetoed
legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition.  He is also in favor
of completing and strengthening the fence on the US-Mexico border and of enhancing employment
verification systems.


Obama, on the other hand, is much more lenient towards illegal immigrants.  In a July 1, 2011
speech at American University's School of International Service, he stated that, "we have to
demand responsibility from people living here illegally... They must be required to admit that
they broke the law.  They should be required to register, pay their taxes, pay a fine and learn
English... They must get right with the law before they can get in line and earn their citizenship." 
Furthermore, he is in favor of granting amnesty to those illegal immigrants who were brought to
the US as children and are valuable members to society.  Mr. Obama believes that what our
country needs is immigration reform that will make our borders more secure and that will crack
down on those employers who exploit an illegal workforce.


Thereby, Obama wants to create a way for the twelve million illegal immigrants living in the
United States to eventually become citizens, whereas Romney opposes this entirely and wants
the illegals deported.   These two candidates' stances on immigration will play a large role
in the election, and we hope that in the end twelve million people will be given the opportunity
to live the American dream. 


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  1. Roger Algase's Avatar
    I must respectfully disagree with parts of the above comment by my colleague, Danielle Beach, whom I greatly admire.

    George W. Bush deported an average of 250,000 people per year. Obama is deporting the record number of almost 400,000 per year. At the same time, Obama's talk about "prosecutorial discretion" and giving DREAMers "deferred action" has turned out to be little more than talk.

    The only thing that has been "deferred" on "deferred action" has been the action to put it into effect. But the deportations have not been deferred, except in an insignificant number of cases.

    Obama's immigration policy can be summed up in three words: hypocrisy, betrayal and deception. Then why am I voting to re-elect Obama? Because Romney promises to be even worse.

    We need to stop Romney, Kris Kobach, and Lamar Smith from taking over the White House, trying to deport even more people (or force them to "self-deport") and putting more anti-immigrant Justice Scalia's and Justice Thomas's on the Supreme Court.

    But we should not try to sugar-coat what Obama has done to immigration. His only virtue is that he is the lesser of the two evils - but not by much.

    And with all due respect to my colleague Matt Kolken, throwing away one's vote on a non-candidate such as Gary Johnson (did I get his name right?) is not a serious response to a very serious issue. It would be no different from staying home on election day.

    We must keep our eyes open, or to use Hesiod's description of Athena, the goddess of wisdom: "glaukopin" - "clear - eyed". This means two things in this upcoming election: First, not deluding ourselves into thinking that Obama has any real intention of granting relief to more than a token number of unauthorized immigrants; and, second, burying our heads in the sand toward the even greater threat to turn America into a "deportation only" police state that a Romney administration, influenced by immigrant-haters such Kris Kobach, Lamar Smith and Charles Grassley, if not Sheriff Joe himself, would present.
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