Throughout President Obama’s tenure, he’s has done little to reform the nation’s broken immigration system. Now in the presidential campaign, both Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney dance around the controversial issue, making it questionable whether the next president would take on this issue.
In our editorial today, we point out how the candidates have been ignoring an issue that impacts almost every part of American life — from our food production system to our schools and hospitals.
Here is an excerpt from the editorial:
“This issue is especially important in California, traditionally a magnet for immigration — from San Joaquin Valley farm workers to forest workers to food processors to housekeepers to high-tech engineers to innovative researchers. Our culture and our economy have been forged by immigration — and are inevitably strained by our current broken system.
“But our presidential candidates, instead of wholeheartedly embracing the challenge, raise immigration as a sort of no-win obligatory issue to appease certain groups of voters. That timidity won’t solve the problem, no matter who is elected on Nov. 6.
“As a candidate in the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama made a promise to tackle immigration: “I cannot guarantee that it is going to be in the first 100 days. But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.’
That pledge remains unfulfilled. In September, Obama admitted this has been his ‘biggest failure.’ But he remains confident that we are going to accomplish that.’
“For his part, in last Tuesday’s debate, Mitt Romney promised the same thing: ‘I’ll get it done. I’ll get it done, first year.’ We are skeptical, but would support a comprehensive plan that improves the system.
“Presidential leadership is needed more than ever to bridge real divides in American society over immigration.”