February 21st, 2008
08:39 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Immigration reform not a risk in the fall

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Clinton and Obama are calling for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and comprehensive immigration reform. This will play well with the Latinos voters they are courting, and it isn't likely to pose much of a risk in the general election.

Why? John McCain was a chief sponsor of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. He will have a hard time using this issue against either candidate.

Related: Watch Obama and Clinton debate immigration reform

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Kim

    No amnesty. Why can't they get that.

    Our economy cannot handle 12 – 20 million more welfare receipiants. Obviously Ms Clinton didn't talk to the common man while in Texas becuase she would have been told that they aren't all here to work. I work for the Social Services agengy here and the numbers of illegals moving here and having multiple children are increasing at an abominial rate. We can't afford them!

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Robert Bray

    I voted for Obama in the AR primary and I have sent him money. I will not be voting for him this fall because of his stance on immigration. My view on this subject have changed 180 degrees. I fixed t my wife's papers and we have been married for twenty years. I met her in Texas and she was illegal. I have seen this problem up close and we must draw a line. Neither Clinton Obama or McCain seem to be capable of doing that. The population growth caused by immigration is unsustainable. A bilingual and bicultural society has many down sides, look at Kosovo.

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. George in Georgia

    I agree with Linda to a great extent. Senator Clinton continues to highlight Texas cities and local government officials (mainly latinos) that she's visited and spent time with, respectively.

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Judy Keene

    I favor English as the official language of the United States of America.

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. DGaffney

    There is a path to citizenship and we have ample laws to pave the way. You liberals want to just "open the fence" and then worry about it later-as long as you get re-elected. NO ONE who breaks the law in this country should be given a break. Otherwise just open the prisons and let everyone go. IF you are liberal THINK before you open your mouth.

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Hong

    No. There is clear cut between a leader and followers. In this case, McCain is the chief and other candidates followed. In fact, it is a good case for McCain to make: He can draw people from other parties to follow him.

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Natalie

    This is very true. I disagree with both of them on some of this immigration stuff, but I don't see McCain as being any better.

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Hilary

    Me, I, I, I think, me, mine, Me, Me, Me...blah, blah, blah...I,

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Well wisher

    Actions definitely speak more words Hillary

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Chris Donahue, TX

    First Clinton said she would force immigrants to learn english, then later she back away once a spanish speaking person asked the question over again.

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Jeff

    I was extremely unimpressed with both candidates on the issue of immigration. It sickens me to hear both talk about putting up a wall between the US and Mexico (I would like to remind everyone that the Soviets too built a wall). All it can do is create more division between our two cultures. Instead of building walls we need to break down borders!

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. kat

    clinton– all go no show. * healthcare reform? she's been working but to no avail

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. Blow ME

    Actions to Obama must be Vagueries. He takes credit for legislation he joindered on. Talk about a punch in the nuts to the rest of his colleagues.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. Emanuel L

    Why hasn't either of the candidates said anything about NAFTA's impact on illegal immigration? There is a lot of work on NAFTA's effect on lowering the prices of products in Mexico, which ultimately eliminates small Mexican farms and companies' ability to compete. There is no way that a Mexican farm or company can compete with a large transnational corporation. Due to this, Mexicans have to find a way to make a living and provide for their families. Of course they would cross the border, and work for below minimum wage when they make even less in their own country.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Tom Loughrey Sr.

    The hospital systems and school systems in many locations in Texas are feeling the financial impact of supporting undocumented workers and the children being born and now educated in Texas. The emergency rooms and school rooms are being pushed to capacity and the effects are being felt financially in both areas.
    No, fences will not work but effective policing of the border will if Border Patrol agents can enforce the laws now on the books without pressure from our government and also the Mexican government.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. Robin

    Hi Bill – would you please share your thoughts on the body language being expressed in this debate? I find it fascinating. Clinton started out just staring at him when he spoke. Then, about 30 minutes into the debate, she started slightly swaying in agreement. Right before the break, she was actually nodding in agreement.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Kevin Asberry

    If Hillary is so bad and so off the beat of America, why did Obama give her $4500.00 in her campaign in 2006? It just doesn't make sense! He is simply piggy backing off her ideas and adding Hope and Change to it. Lets not forget the only reason he is still going; Oprah's Money!

    He should explain that and does he think he is White House material being a drug user and drug dealer? That is not a president! Also, name one thing he has done in his minimal time in the Senate? Not even his movement can do that!

    Kevin Asberry
    Springfield, MO

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Joe Brown

    The Clintons Promised a Health Plan thruoug Two Election campaings. Now we get the same promises and I expect the same results

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |

    why do america have to explain why america has to stay an english
    speaking country ?

    i feel as an american that this is my country and we speak english that is the offical lanuage of this country. why do we need to explain why america must stay an english speaking country.


    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. derick

    Hillary looks like she has been up late into the nights eating and drinking too much. Her hair looks greasy and her smile is full of insane teeth.

    Obama looks like he could sell a white man a used Cadilac.

    But looks aren't everything. They are both just so full of friendliness and coma like desire to agree with each other. These minor details that they squabble over are not going to illuminate anybody to anything. Why do these people really want to be president. I think Hillary should go off of the heavy mood pills and start yelling. She should imagine that Obama is bill and throw something at him.

    I am voting for myself again this year.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Pierre D. Boisrond

    In terms of immigration, this is a good strategy used by both candidates. One cannot just ship out the immigrants out of the country. There must be immigration reforms, however, it must be done very carefully so that all parties can be satisfied. The current immigration policy is not working. Is it fair to send the parents of a child back to their country of origin and leaving their children behind here and those children were born in the US. The US/Mexico relationships must also be changed as well. The United States must help Mexico in terms of creating jobs in Mexico.

    On the other hand, there's also a double standard when it comes to the Immigration policies that the US government have used when it comes to the Haitians. If a Cuban immigrant has touched the US soil, he/she is allowed to stay in this country while the Haitian immigrant will be sent back to Haiti. The US Immigration policies need a complete overhaul.

    Thank you,

    Pierre Boisrond

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Lewis

    Both democratic candidates believe that corporations are not paying enough in taxes. I seems that Exxon paid over 40 billion in taxes last year. They are in a 41% tax bracket. What more do they want. If either are elcted as president, no company will want to bring the company back to the states. They want to cut subsidity, and then incease taxes. Heaven help us.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Bill sponaugle

    On a fix income like social security and then the reality taxes go up and now can,t pay for the taxes on your house with everthing else going up . Cost of living raise go once a year and then you get a big $10.00 a month,if medicare don,t take it back. Where do we go under a bridge and live and pay taxes for it too!

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Louie Montoya

    It appears that both Clinton and Obama are saying the same thing when ever they answer the questions which are being asked so far. They have not differed in any responses as of yet. There answers have been candid but they are saying the same thing.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Jim

    Close your eyes and this could be a debate from any election for the past 50 years. They offer the same talk that politicians have been giving for all those years.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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