The Obama Campaign's Missing Immigration Tab

The Obama Campaign's Missing Immigration Tab

By Erin McPike - July 10, 2012

Mitt Romney has taken a beating for lacking specifics along the campaign trail, but he's joined by President Obama in that regard on one issue that is of paramount importance to a key part of the president's coalition.

In the "issues" section of the Obama campaign's website, an "immigration" tab does not appear. The Obama campaign responded by sending six screen grabs of Web pages that do mention the issue, even in passing.

There is a page for the issue, but it is reachable only by typing it into a browser or clicking on the bolded word, “immigration,” that appears at the very bottom of the “education” page after a sentence that reads: “Fact: Along with proposing other common-sense immigration reforms, President Obama is committed to giving the hundreds of thousands of hardworking students who aren’t yet American citizens a chance to earn their citizenship.”

The actual immigration page contains only two boxes: One is simply the sentence above, and the other is a box for the DREAM Act; comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t warrant a mention. The text is simply this:

The President believes Congress should pass the DREAM Act, which would allow responsible young immigrants who came here as children, and were raised as Americans, to earn a path to citizenship by going to college or serving in the military. An overwhelming majority of Democrats voted for the DREAM Act, but Republicans stood in lock-step against it.
President Obama has also taken immediate action to tackle some of our most pressing immigration issues, moving the focus of immigration enforcement’s limited resources away from the "low-priority" cases like DREAMers, veterans, the elderly, and spouses of active U.S. military personnel, and the Administration has also proposed a change in policy that would help keep families together as they pursue legal status in the United States.

The campaign’s Spanish-language website puts immigration first in its “topics” section, but it is also limited and says according to a translation of the page:

-On many occasions, President Obama has reaffirmed his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform and expand the opportunities available to members of our armed forces and entrepreneurs.

-President Obama is committed to passing the DREAM Act.

-President Obama has implemented policy changes based on common sense to make our immigration system more fair, intelligent, and effective.

The White House has a 34-page “blueprint for immigration reform” on its website, but that document is a sketch of some of the things the Obama administration has done and, as it mentions, “an outline of the challenges we must tackle and the solutions we must implement if we are to build a 21st century immigration system.”

The document mentions that the number of border patrol troops has roughly doubled since 2004 and that “since January 2009, ICE has audited more than 4,600 employers suspected of hiring illegal labor, debarred 317 companies and individuals, and imposed approximately $61 million in financial sanctions -- more than the total amount of audits and debarments than during the entire previ­ous administration.”

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Erin McPike is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @ErinMcPike.

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