would help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Money
for the fund will come from fines assessed to mortgage professionals who are found to have committed fraud.
risk. Any policy of financial assistance should be
accompanied by reforms that promote greater
transparency and accountability to ensure we never
face this problem again.”
Both McCain and Obama have not discussed immigration issues at length at public events. But both speak
frankly about the issue on their campaign web sites.
At the Democratic National Convention, Obama
briefly discussed immigration; he differs clearly from
McCain on the issue.
“Passions fly on immigration, but I don’t know
anyone who benefits when a mother is separated
from her infant child or an employer undercuts
American wages by hiring illegal workers,” he said
during his DNC speech. “This, too, is part of America’s promise—the promise of a democracy where we
can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and
unite in common effort.”
According to Obama’s Blueprint for Change, “The
time to fix our broken immigration system is now.
We need stronger enforcement on the border and at
the workplace. But for reform to work, we also must
respond to what pulls people to America. Where we
can reunite families, we should. Where we can bring
in more foreign-born workers with the skills our
economy needs, we should.”
Additionally, according to his Blueprint, Obama
would work to:
“Create secure borders. Obama wants to preserve
the integrity of our borders. He supports additional
personnel, infrastructure and technology on the
border and at our ports of entry.
“Improve our immigration system. Obama
believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal
immigrants to keep families together and meet the
demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.
“Remove incentives to enter illegally. Obama will
remove incentives to enter the country illegally by
cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.
“Bring people out of the shadows. Obama sup-
In the Senate, McCain has worked on several
immigration initiatives. Although he never specifically addressed the issue in his acceptance speech at
the Republican National Convention, he’s made his
position well known.
“As you know, 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 contribution 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 have been waiting
their turn outside the country,” McCain says on his
campaign web site.
“Many Americans did not believe us when we
said we would secure our borders, and so we failed
in our efforts. I don’t want to fail again to achieve
comprehensive immigration reform. We must prove
we have the resources to secure our borders and
use them, while respecting the dignity and rights of
citizens and legal residents of the United States.
“When we have achieved our border security goal,
we must enact and implement the other parts of
practical, fair and necessary immigration policy. We
have economic and humanitarian responsibilities as
well, and they require no less dedication from us in
How will he meet them? It’s two-fold, according
to the plan outlined on his campaign web site:
“Securing Our Borders First. John McCain’s top
immigration priority is to finish securing our bor-
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