July 23rd, 2007
10:10 PM ET
7 years ago

'Disappointed' in limited immigration discussion

(CNN) - Univision reporter Maria Elena Salinas told CNN's Wolf Blitzer after the debate that she was "disappointed that there was not more talk and not more debate on the immigration issue."

Salinas said that there are millions of Hispanic voters in the United States that "were hoping to hear a little bit more from the candidates on these different issues that affect the hispanic community."

–CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell

Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Dave, Columbus Ohio

    I thought Mr. Cooper, the format & the questions were great. However, I can agree with Maria, the Hispanic community was ignored. This was highlighted by the question dealing with extending healthcare to undocumented workers in America. The candidates avoided answering this question completely. This demonstrates how divisive this issue is even in the Democratic Party. I would like to give Rep. Kucinich and Senator Gravel points for their honesty and I found Mr. Edwards tap dancing around every question exasperating.

    July 23, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. Jose Morales, Boise, Idaho

    I think many people in both parties will be surprised by the hispanic voter turnout next election. It will be larger, deeper and wider than before. However this has not been the case in the past and we will need to wait a few more years to see more interest and focus in "hispanic" issues. Fair and realistic Immigration policies, preventive and proactive law enforcement -namely more education and employment opportunities for latino youth- and taxation with more representation, will be some of the issues that will become more relevant -and more in tune- with the ever changing social and demographic realities.

    July 23, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. Michael - Stamford, CT

    Which is exactly why Lou Dobbs should be used for all future Presidental debates because he will get to the truth and tell it like it really is.

    July 24, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  4. anne san francisco, ca

    I wonder if there weren't any people that got on YouTube and put that question in a manner that WOWed whoever picked the questions or if the moderators just decide not to spend as much time on it.

    July 24, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  5. Mrs. America

    Yes, I posted on AC 360 blog (don't know if they published it) about everyone skirting the insurance for illegals issue. Anderson should have pushed the point. It ended with Bill Richardson saying health insurance should be extended to all "Americans." Maybe there weren't many questions about illegal immigrants because CNN didn't receive many. Could be the younger generation sending the YouTube questions aren't to concerned about it.

    July 24, 2007 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  6. David Charlotte NC

    Who cares if she was disappointed. I'm sick of hearing about what illegal aliens want. People who were born here legally can't get half the attention they get.

    July 24, 2007 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Thats because the democrats will open the borders and the United States will cease to exist.

    July 24, 2007 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  8. Michael Buszuwski, Fort Wayne Indiana

    I am thankful the "immigration issue" wasn't focused upon in these debates. There are issues which are more pressing for more Americans than legalizing-illegals and changing the processes for becoming an American citizen. I wish the media coverage of political topics would reflect this.

    Issues such as offshore outsourcing of white collar/skilled labor positions, social security reform, healthcare reform, and educational reform are much more impactful in the grand scheme of things.

    July 24, 2007 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  9. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    Most of the Hispanics I know are like the rest of America. They do not agree with giving undocumented (illegal) immigrants benefits. This is what happens when you enter the country illegally.

    The immigration debate has been decided for now. We will not give legal status to illegals. They must follow the law.

    I did not find a problem with the candidates not discussing immigration.

    July 24, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. Tom Dedham, Mass

    It was purposely left out by CNN, they would not want to put the democrats in a bad light as they all support ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION along with this idiot president.

    July 24, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. American

    How about American issues?
    Come here legally. Stay here legally. Be a United States citizen and then worry about American issues.
    If we give health care to undocumented workers it should come out of the foreign aid budget.
    Obama basically called me a name and Hillary doesn't see why I am upset but I say No Mas.

    July 24, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. Jarrod- Santa Rosa, CA

    I do think immigration is one of the top 10 issues, but I don't think it's as important as Global Warming, the War, Health Care, Education, and Taxes.

    It's almost a waste of time to talk about it, because we've seen how Congress and the President have been "resolving" this issue so far.

    Instead of building fences and walls to keep people OUT- we should help rebuild Mexico so people are less likely to want to LEAVE there. The focus is about Mexico's corrupt government and spending, not our border.

    Instead of all of this "fear"- we need to realize that if we are friends with our neighbors, we don't have to build bigger and taller fences.

    And Republicans need to start stomping down on the corporations that lobby to make it easier for the cheap labor to come into this country. They voted these people into power, and now they're seeing the consequences.

    July 24, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Yes we need LOU DOBBS to host a debate next time, because he will ask the tough questions and maybe even give equal time to EACH candidate.

    Clinton pushed NAFTA under Bill's rule. It seems the Democrats are almost as much in corporate America's backpocket as the Rethuglicans.

    July 25, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Rollo Rogers, San Diego, CA

    Amazing, only an uneducated minority would make such a statement regarding illegal immigration. And she better not try to dig up that dead and buried
    U.S. Senate Illegal immigration Reward
    Bill, because the bill will only contain the STENCH of de feet. :>) As for that Latino Richardson's comment that health care should be given to all Americans "Read illegal aliens", they already have health care, it's called the hospital Emergency room. And would anybody like to hazard a guess as to who pays for that care. Illegal immigration is a DEAD issue. Let it RIP. :> )

    July 25, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Alex Souza, Pasadena, CA

    Here you go Maria Elena Salinas..... Legal immigration YES!, Illegal immigration NO! How hard is it to understand.

    November 29, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. pit

    pitbull, thats not cool

    December 18, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. pitbull,allentown,pennslyvania

    i agree with everyone because its the true

    December 18, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |