McCain speaks to Latino officials on immigration policy

posted at 11:00 am on June 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

John McCain will address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Washington, DC this morning, speaking on a range of issues in the campaign — including immigration.  According to an early release of McCain’s speech, he plans on emphasizing his more moderate policies on comprehensive immigration reform, but warns that the US has to secure the border first (emphasis mine):

I and many other colleagues twice attempted to pass comprehensive immigration legislation to fix our broken borders; ensure respect for the laws of this country; recognize the important economic necessity of immigrant laborers; apprehend those who came here illegally to commit crimes; and deal practically and humanely with those who came here, as my distant ancestors did, to build a better, safer life for their families, without excusing the fact they came here illegally or granting them privileges before those who did. Many Americans, with good cause, did not believe us when we said we would secure our borders, and so we failed in our efforts. We must prove to them that we can and will secure our borders first, while respecting the dignity and rights of citizens and legal residents of the United States. But we must not make the mistake of thinking that our responsibility to meet this challenge will end with that accomplishment. We have economic and humanitarian responsibilities as well, and they require no less dedication from us in meeting them.

This only occupies a small portion of the remarks McCain will deliver today to NALEO, and they come just before the conclusion.  He spends much more time on energy and tax policy, as well as free trade.  I’m a little disappointed that he doesn’t spend any time on judicial appointments, where he can press a serious advantage after the Heller and Boumediene decisions.

McCain doesn’t take the opportunity to pander to identity politics.  In this speech, he explains that border security has to come first because of the failure of the government to meet its obligations in the past.  Conservatives don’t like McCain’s overall policy, but he is insisting on border security first in a forum that isn’t likely to love that message, either.


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progressoverpeace on June 28, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Do you and your family live near a border?

nottakingsides on June 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

progressoverpeace on June 28, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Good point, however interior enforcement becomes very difficult with the amount of ID fraud that goes on, some of which, I assume, is driven by foreign governments. I’m not referring to the Mexican government, by the way.

a capella on June 28, 2008 at 4:41 PM

McCain has given his speech to NALEO, and according to the Baltimore Sun he said that comprehensive reform will be his “top priority.”

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/06/mccain_immigration_reform_my_t.html

Mark1971 on June 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Virtual walls = virtual votes.
JiangxiDad on June 28, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Ask Texans their confidence in virtual security given the Governor’s Mansion arsonist bonfire.

maverick muse on June 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Limerick on June 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

+1

maverick muse on June 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Mark1971 on June 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

the man is a liar of the worst sort. now i probably will vote for obama to spite this SOB. hell, i might even send bambi $25.

chasdal on June 28, 2008 at 5:03 PM

lol @ 11:30 btw

If McCain must forfeit any votes,
let the virtual votes stay with Obama.

maverick muse on June 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM

According to an early release of McCain’s speech, he plans on emphasizing his more moderate policies on comprehensive immigration reform

Perhaps Morrissey can explain exactly what “moderate polices” McCain has on immigration. It would seem that “moderate” now means “what Ted Kennedy wants”.

Amnesty for tens of millions of illegals is not a “moderate” policy, unless we live in an Orwellian world.

flenser on June 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM

John McCain at his appearance this morning before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials:

QUESTION: As the next president of the United States of America, will comprehensive immigration reform, and not just enforcement, be one of your top policy priorities in your first 100 days in office?

MCCAIN: It will be my top priority yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Sure, he learned his lesson.

Dump this senile old coot and give us a semi-conservative candidate. Hell, Lincoln Chaffe would be an improvement.

flenser on June 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM

When he acts for the release of Campion & Ramos then I’ll believe this Mexifornicator.

elvis on June 28, 2008 at 5:10 PM

I neither called you unreasonable or self-righteous pinheads. In fact I thought that the label Law&Order would be taken as an acknowledgement of your position.

Limerick

I thought everyone in the party believed in law and order. When did it get taken over by people who thought otherwise?

flenser on June 28, 2008 at 5:10 PM

its just astounding how out of touch this man is. since last year when his legislation went down in flames cities, towns, counties and states all over the country have been passing laws and electing politicians to enforce immigration laws. but juan has his head in the sand thinking that he knows best and us Americans are bigots. sorry mccain but i elect a president to govern. you apparently think you should rule over us.

the nytimes endorsed republican candidate. enuff said!

chasdal on June 28, 2008 at 5:12 PM

There is an unfortunate tendency for people to use “border enforcement” as a euphemism for “immigration enforcement”. I think we need to drop the phrase “border enforcement” because it simply plays into the hands of McCain and his brainless and corrupt backers.

We need immigration enforcement. That includes a border fence, but it also means cracking down on visa overstays and requiring employers to verify their employees eligibilty to work.

Has McCain endorsed the SAVE Act? Any chance that anyone will ask him about it at the next blogger conference call?

flenser on June 28, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Perhaps Morrissey can explain exactly what “moderate polices” McCain has on immigration. It would seem that “moderate” now means “what Ted Kennedy wants”.

Amnesty for tens of millions of illegals is not a “moderate” policy, unless we live in an Orwellian world.

Ed’s level of being a shill is drifting into Hugh Hewitt territory.

Mark1971 on June 28, 2008 at 5:19 PM

I repeat;

QUESTION: As the next president of the United States of America, will comprehensive immigration reform, and not just enforcement, be one of your top policy priorities in your first 100 days in office?

MCCAIN: It will be my top priority yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

“Comprehensive immigration reform” is not compatible with “enforcement first”. To give McClown credit, I don’t think that he ever said anything about enforcement first, he said some nonsense about “securing the border”.

As McMoron insisted over and over again the last few years, “we need “comprehensive immigration reform” and not enforcement first because the latter would be “inhumane” and would cause economic distress for the corporate whores whose tune he dances to.

It’s not true that McCain opposes earmarks. His amnesty is a two trillion dollar earmark to the entire corrupt business class in this country.

flenser on June 28, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Ed’s level of being a shill is drifting into Hugh Hewitt territory.

I think he passed HH some time ago.

flenser on June 28, 2008 at 5:22 PM

We have economic and humanitarian responsibilities as well, and they require no less dedication from us in meeting them.

No, you corporate whore, you do not have “economic and humanitarian responsibilities”. It is not your place to use the United States goverment either to line the pockets of your friends or to play Lady Bountiful on our dime.

flenser on June 28, 2008 at 5:24 PM

I don’t see any way a President McCain could want immigration reform more than George E. Bush did, or work harder for it. Why do people assume a President McCain will have an easier time getting it done than Bush did? He’s not going to get ANYTHING through a Congress that is even more Democratic than the last one. If the Dems do anything on this issue, they will pass something so bad that he have to veto it. You guys act like he is just going to walk into the White House and wave a magic wand and grant anmesty to 10 million people. It doesn’t work that way.

rockmom on June 28, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Hey… Juanny…

Want MY vote?

Stop the seizing of land in Colorado for an expansion of an Army Base, and MOVE IT TO THE STINKIN BORDER!!!

Close the bases in GERMANY and JAPAN, and move those troops TO THE BORDER.

We are being invaded, we need to treat it like an invasion.

Heck, use it as insurgent training exercises!

Romeo13 on June 28, 2008 at 5:32 PM

rockmom on June 28, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Yeah, your right, it will be 20-30 million… and he’ll do it with the wave of his Magic Presidential Pen.

The Dems will pass this in a heartbeat, and McCain will bend over backwards to sign it…

Get a clue.

Romeo13 on June 28, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Do you and your family live near a border?

nottakingsides on June 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

No. I am not against physical borders (I am for militarizing ours) but I am only explaining that the general problem of having large numbers of illegal aliens in the US does not end with the physical borders. McCain likes to spin a tale that secure borders mean that we won’t have to deal with millions of new illegals turning up in the US (thus requiring interior enforcement, which McCain refusees to do) and that is just incorrect. Even with the physical borders of the US hermetically sealed, we could still have millions a year coming in as visa overstays.

Good point, however interior enforcement becomes very difficult with the amount of ID fraud that goes on, some of which, I assume, is driven by foreign governments. I’m not referring to the Mexican government, by the way.

a capella on June 28, 2008 at 4:41 PM

ID fraud is a problem for employers, though it can be mitigated, but it’s not a problem for ICE, really. When I speak about enforcement I am talking about the larger issue of being able to check for residency status in common sense situations and having illegal aliens deported promptly upon discovery. I would also charge their native countries with the cost if the number of deportations hits some threshhold.

If you were referring to foreign governments issuing fraudulent US documents to their nationals then that is something completely different. That’s well outside of the realm of ‘illegal aliens’, I would say.

progressoverpeace on June 28, 2008 at 5:46 PM

rockmom on June 28, 2008 at 5:30 PM

put down the crack pipe. he works with the dems, not with the republicans. and they were very happy w/ the bill last year. no reason to think they wont jump back on board w/ it.

chasdal on June 28, 2008 at 6:05 PM

I am glad to see that McCain is trying to be rational about all this. It is good to see someone doing that.

Romeo:

Do you honestly think that we will close the bases in Europe and send all those troops to the border? Why not just nuke Mexico and be done with it?

Terrye on June 28, 2008 at 6:11 PM

I think that if you gave hardliners the following choice:

1} resolve the immigration problems

2} keep those problems alive and use them to beat people over the head with

They would pick #2. There is no pleasing them, nothing is or ever will be enough.

Terrye on June 28, 2008 at 6:12 PM

By the way, the National Guard is at the border now.

Terrye on June 28, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Terrye on June 28, 2008 at 6:14 PM

no they arent

as for your “hardliners” not being pleased, your full of it. youve shown yourself to be a shameless mccain apologist time and time again. you must have a lot of points!!

chasdal on June 28, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Hey terrye

Nnnnnoooooo, we need the oil.;)

jerrytbg on June 28, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Terrye on June 28, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Do I honestly think we will? No…

Do I think we SHOULD? Yes…

And the National Guard on the border is a joke. The VERY few who are still there are doing things like vehicle maintenance. They are NOT enforcing border security.

Fact: The US Army’s mandate is to DEFEND the US. Not defend Germany. Not defend Japan. Not defend Saudi Arabia… I understand all about power projection, but the fact that we still defend Germany and Japan 60 YEARS after WWII??? With the COLD WAR OVER? When OUR OWN BORDERS ARE NOT SECURE????? HUH?

Romeo13 on June 28, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Terrye on June 28, 2008 at 6:14 PM

I haven’t read the whole thread, so tell me, Terrye, have you once again mentioned that your immigration hawk Representative got defeated by a Democrat, without mentioning that the Democrat ran to his right on immigration?

Because it just isn’t an immigration thread without that.

misterpeasea on June 29, 2008 at 12:09 AM

Build the double-layered fencing now!!! Razor-wire on top!!!

DfDeportation on June 29, 2008 at 12:28 AM

Even with the physical borders of the US hermetically sealed, we could still have millions a year coming in as visa overstays.progressoverpeace on June 28, 2008 at 5:46 PM

You are correct. You and I and many others see the National Security problem that we are inviting into our own backgrounds.

Unfortunately, McCain identifies “the problem” as a way to provide amnesty to them.

ColtsFan on June 29, 2008 at 3:47 AM

The Telegraph, 6/28/08
Israel has less than a year to attack Iran’s nuclear facility that is preparing to attack the Zionist regime even sooner if Obama is elected POTUS.

Iran’s military said it might hit the Jewish state with missiles and stop Gulf oil exports if it came under attack. Israel “is completely within the range of the Islamic republic’s missiles,” said Mohammed Ali Jafari, head of the feared Revolutionary Guard. “Our missile power and capability are such that the Zionist regime cannot confront it.”

Given the MidEast War between Iran and Israel to begin within the year, McCain will have his hands and plate FULL TO THE BRIM in monsterously proportioned warfare and ensuing energy crisis the likes to marginalize the shortages of the 1970s. Immigration reform for McCain will be the No Child Left Behind education reform from Bush’s first campaign: well publicized, well intentioned, pushed to the back burner out of gas. Terrorism strikes home in horrible ways that demand full attention. A military man dividing America on immigration reform at the very moment when national unity is critical? Let’s focus this election on ENERGY, JOBS AND SECURITY!

maverick muse on June 29, 2008 at 6:39 AM

John Feingold-Kennedy-Hernandez McCain hasn’t a clue as to what it’s like living amidst this illegal Mexican invasion. Watching the police tackling shaved and tatoo headed Mexican car theiving thugs in your parking lot… seeing the local hospital emergency rooms filled with illegal Mexicans and their children, using the emergency rooms like (free)doctors offices….. hearing gun battles and reading about them in the news paper as being “Hispanic gang related”…having your daughter’s last three job applications fail because she couldn’t speak Mexican (not to be confused with Spanish). Does anyone think this Jerk or Obama for that matter, has a clue about “real life” outside a gated community or the Washington beltway.

Our Washington politicians are oblivious to how divorced from reality they really are and yet they continue to give lip service to the notion they can make the necessary “Changes” that will fix our ailing nation. How long will we Americans condone these horrible conditions in the politics of our beloved country?

Hard choices need to be made and the hardest choices our politicians are going to deal with are which peices of pork to attach to which legislation. Damn them all.

Ernest on June 29, 2008 at 10:58 AM

“CHANGE”: rescind!

maverick muse on June 29, 2008 at 12:36 PM

This morning’s MEET THE PRESS with Tom Brokaw purports that the US Western States population voters have themselves personally changed parties from GOP to Jackass IGNORING the huge influx of Yankee New England snowbirds, ubertards from California, ILLEGAL ALIENS whom the ubertards register to vote DNC, and this year’s primary election responders to Rush’s Operation Chaos.

maverick muse on June 29, 2008 at 12:40 PM

ubertards from California

They’ve completely ruined their own state with liberalism, so now they’re going to spread the poison.

misterpeasea on June 29, 2008 at 12:55 PM

John Feingold-Kennedy-Hernandez McCain hasn’t a clue as to what it’s like living amidst this illegal Mexican invasion. Watching the police tackling shaved and tatoo headed Mexican car theiving thugs in your parking lot… seeing the local hospital emergency rooms filled with illegal Mexicans and their children, using the emergency rooms like (free)doctors offices….. hearing gun battles and reading about them in the news paper as being “Hispanic gang related”…having your daughter’s last three job applications fail because she couldn’t speak Mexican (not to be confused with Spanish). Does anyone think this Jerk or Obama for that matter, has a clue about “real life” outside a gated community or the Washington beltway.

What’s worse is the mccain koolaid drinkers here who don’t give a damn, maybe because this scenario hasn’t yet come to some of their little pollyanna towns. Others, well I have to wonder if they employ illegals.

Shay on June 29, 2008 at 6:51 PM

The only difference between Obambi and McCain on this issue is that the former will probably fast track the 12 million + already here for citizenship which should guarantee solid Dhimmicrat one party rule for the next 25 to 30 years. McCain might leave them at the end of the line so as to put off the problem for a while.

Annar on June 30, 2008 at 7:59 PM

misterpeasea on June 29, 2008 at 12:55 PM

ubertard virus

Marx’s dream come true.

maverick muse on July 1, 2008 at 9:58 AM

On the scale determining why vote McCain lays SCOTUS nominations vetted by Fred Thompson. In contrast, Obama wants to be associated with “great” democrat past Presidents, whether Jimmy Crack Corn Carter (yes), Jack Kennedy (no comparison), FDR, or even WILSON the most brutal and bloody fascist in American history.

FDR attempted to REFORM the JUDICIAL branch of government in his own Marxist progressive image. I had not read of it, and only just came across it in reference to Pearl Harbor.

The Roberts Commission. According to Richardson it was Felix Frankfurter, then on the U.S. Supreme Court, who suggested to FDR the creation, under a carefully drawn precept, of a mixed commission composed of officers of the armed forces, with a civilian counsel and headed by a member of the Supreme Court, to investigate the attack on Pearl Harbor. Such a commission would not be led by rules of evidence governing a civilian court or a military court of inquiry. In the opinion of Richardson, the report of the Roberts Commission was: ” … the most unfair, unjust, and deceptively dishonest document ever printed by the Government Printing Office.”
Richardson finds that the military members of the Roberts Commission were: “… later rewarded for their services by favorable assignment and promotion, for employment after retirement.” Richardson tells us that the decision to relieve Kimmel and Short was made prior to the initial meeting of the Roberts Commission. In effect, the Roberts Commission could not have been intended to determine culpability or blamelessness, since that had been decided beforehand.
According to Richardson:
A more disgraceful spectacle has never been presented to this country during my lifetime than the failure of the civilian officials of the Government to show any willingness to take their share of responsibility for the Japanese success at Pearl Harbor.
When reference is made in books and articles by academic historians – and even by high government officials, including the military, of dereliction of duty by men such as Kimmel and Short — without their having been given a trial, permitted to introduce evidence or being represented by counsel, we are in effect departing from those rules of jurisprudence which our constitution guarantees even the meanest criminal in our midst.
(When we consider the moral values of Franklin D. Roosevelt, we should not overlook his plan for judicial reorganization presented to the Congress on 5 February 1937. It was no more and no less than a plan to bring the third branch of government under popular control. Regardless of the willfulness of the justices in opposing New Deal legislation, is the step pursued by FDR one of which we can approve? The fact is that FDR was, to say the least, a willful man, who did not readily brook opposition. This quality of Roosevelt may help us understand his behavior in the Pearl Harbor controversy.)

ADMIRAL JAMES O. RICHARDSON

ON THE TREADMILL TO PEARL HARBOR: THE MEMOIRS OF ADMIRAL JAMES O. RICHARDSON (USN RETIRED), AS TOLD TO VICE ADMIRAL GEORGE C. DYER (USN RETIRED). Washington DC: Naval Historical Division, Department of the Navy, 1973, 471 pages.

This book was withheld from publication for 15 years by the
DNC parties of interest perfidious piece of chicanery: censorship.

maverick muse on July 1, 2008 at 10:08 AM

I live in Texas. My daughter in-law is of Mexican heritage {as are all of my daughter in-laws}. She has been turned down in all of her job applications because she cannot speak Spanish.

Johan Klaus on July 2, 2008 at 1:40 PM

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