Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama on Immigration

Barack Obama's acceptance speech went on for almost 45 minutes yesterday. Here is what he had to say about immigration:

"You know, passions may 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. But 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."

Not clear what exactly this position is, as the ImmigrationProf Blog points out.

Special kudos to anyone who can guess (without doing a Google search!) who held this view on immigration:

"All of the immigrants who came to us brought their own music, literature, customs, and ideas. And the marvelous thing, a thing of which we're proud, is they did not have to relinquish these things to fit in. In fact, what they brought to America became American."



At 5:24 PM , Blogger Dennis said...

I had to google it.

No frackin' way.

At 4:01 AM , Anonymous matt said...

Frackin Battlestar...

At 10:15 AM , Blogger Michael Faris said...

i was going to guess, but then Dennis was so shocked, I had to google it too. I too am shocked.

At 1:16 PM , Blogger Joseph Orosco said...

Cheaters! Yes, it was Ronald Reagan. Remember, it was under his administration that amnesty was given to scores of undocumented immigrants, allowing them to stay in the country after having spent years working here. It was quite a feat. Its a point that torpedoes comprehensive immigration reform nowadays (or put another way, Bush simply is no Reagan--he doesn't have the political capital to convince his party to support some form of immigration change)

At 10:38 PM , Blogger Theresa said...

Woohoo! Got it right without cheating. Of course, I'm old enough to actually remember Reagan saying this. :(


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