We’re tired of empty words on immigration

ANOTHER OPINION

We’re tired of empty words on immigration During election campaigns, politicians toss around empty promises about immigration reform like candy.

President Barack Obama garnered support for his reformist approach on immigration and then deported more people than any other president before him.

Now, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are attempting to court the Latino vote, which is crucial for winning the 2016 election.

The GOP presidential contenders are all over the map.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has gone back and forth on whether he supports a path to citizenship.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio once drafted his own version of the DREAM Act (providing residence to many young undocumented immigrants), but never introduced it in Congress.

He recently signed an amicus brief to support an injunction against the executive action Obama put forth last November allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to stay on in this country.

And so did Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. At one time, Bush and Rubio both supported a path to citizenship, but no longer.

Former governors and current presidential aspirants Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee have put an emphasis on border security. These stances are sure to change now that Clinton has staked a more progressive position on immigration than Obama.

The truth is that Republican presidential candidates need the growing Latino vote to win the White House.

The party learned this the hard way in 2008 and realized it again in 2012.

Moderate Republicans have been trying to push the GOP in the right direction, but their more hardline colleagues are not budging.

We need to move beyond empty posturing.

Several million people are waiting for immigration reform and they are tired of campaign promises that don’t amount to anything.

They deserve better.

From Tribune News Service.

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