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. 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 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Steve

    Both candidates appear to be fearful of saying English is and should be the official language of the United States. Neither bring up the fact that remittances are Mexicos 2nd largest income and this is a detriment to the United States economy, money is leaving the U.S. and is used to help more illegals come to America

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Lloyd G. Phipps Georgia

    I am a black man who voted for Obama in the Georgia primary, but looking at these two candidates side by side, Clinton does seem to be better on the issue than Obama and she will certainly deliver on her promises.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. darrell

    I wish these candiates would just answer the question and stop beating around the bush. Either answer Yes – give the reason or No – and give the reason. I need accountablity and what they would do and not do

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Concerned parent in Atlanta

    actions do speak louder than words and that's what we got from the bush administration. Enough talk about health care and the no child left behind and katrina and mississippi crisis. it's time to see results in providing for these areas and generate income and jobs for america and not jobs for the other countries. Providing cost saving healthcare for us and our senior citizens and our children here in the USA. We need results and not oratorical sweet sounding speeches!

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Paulina

    My family learned to speak english because they moved to a country they respect and so they adapted to that country rather then having that country adapt to them. This does not mean that we dont continue to speak our language and keep our values but we have adapted to the United States as well. I wouldnt expect to move to Mexico and try and change the language or culture!

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. DGaffney

    I'd just like to ask if anyone in this discussion, including these two socialists Obama and Clinton, Have you ever sat down and READ the Constitution??

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. Wellwisher

    The reason that Obama is doing so well is because she has been using others quotes and none of his own

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Linda

    Now it is getting a little better

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Louis

    I agree, she is screamming... She seems like she's out time

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Alan

    McCain is for open borders. Helloooo. The bill name was McCain/Kennedy bill. This won't come up.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. mara duvall

    We are paying 6700 a student to teach non English speaking students English for 4 hours a day. The other kids are getting about 3400 a year spent on them. Is this fair? We have terrible schools in AZ and this is one of the major reasons why. We spend our money on those here that are illlegal. Untill we change the law that says if you are born on US soil then you are an American then we will continue to have this problem.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Nancy

    One of the areas that is not being mentioned on immigration is the fact that people are leaving their home countries because there is something wrong: the culture, economics, justice system, lack of educational opportunities, etc. It should be noted that English IS and SHOULD be the language of the United States of America. As a native born citizen, English is the language of this country. Immigrants must understand that when they leave their homes, English is the language of this country. That is not a prejudice it is the way of this great nation.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. John Lex

    As far as english as the national language, it IS the tie that binds us together. According to the regulations, a person must be able to speak the english language and also pledge allegiance to this country before y become a citizen. They are not supposed to be a mexican pledged to overthrow our American government. They laws that the European imigrants have alwyas adhered should still be enforced with the Mexican imigrants, not a double standard.

    February 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Karen Mitchell

    The idea of English not being the primary language in this country is apathetic. What would those who fought for this country in wars gone by have to say about that? Both Clinton and Obama sound like they will sell out to get the Latino vote.

    Baby Obama is not fairing so well in this debate. Maybe a call to Oprah is in order?

    February 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Jeremy

    Why should the federal government lock variable mortgage rates for those people that chose that path? I purchased a home within the last 5 years and selected a fixed rate loan over a varible ARM. With the federal government proposal to lock variable mortgage rates they are rewarding those that made an unresponsible decision and worst of all they are doing it with my tax money that I worked just as hard for. This is not fair for those of us that chose the safe route.

    February 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Barry Baldridge

    I havn't seen much of a fundamental difference in either canidate so far and would actually like to see them both together on one ticket

    February 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. U.S. Labor

    What about me? Why is it so easy to give away my Job.

    February 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. changing times

    There are not differences in policy. He is definitely the leader here. I like what the other person said she is an Administrator he is a leader.

    February 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. donald mcfarland

    I have been a democrat for a number of years, but I can honestly say that if Clinton wins the nomination I will vote for McClain,and so will my wife. We have had eight year's of Clintons and it is really time for a change in this country. It's funny that people talk about experience, but the only one that has experence at being Present of the United Staees of America is a second term President.

    February 21, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. Zeke

    Wow, Obama just slam dunked Hil-dawg!!!! And, I said slam dunk so that this message doesnt get censored. 🙂

    February 21, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. ron

    sen.clinton&obama theamerican people have voiced there opinion english is thelanguage of the united states its not up for debate

    February 21, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Sick and Tired

    I am so sick and tired of all the verbage....you talk about not bickering but your the one who does it all the time and yet the "popular thing to do" is to scream and yell for him.....I wished I could "borrow" words from people as he has and get away with it in college...I would never have to worry not getting an A!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. jessica

    Clinton will not do anything to get what she wants... she will do anything to get what the people want... Obama- why don't you answer a question clearly please...

    February 21, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Jean

    Did you all watch the itich guy about obama and his tax raises, he says Obama will tax the people to death. Please people if you are watching the debate HILLARY is definately making him look like a dufus GO HILLARY>

    February 21, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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