Latino Journal (9/20/08)
Following presidential campaign sparring between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama on immigration reform, Chairman Hector V. Barreto of The Latino Coalition issued the following statement:
“The Latino Coalition applauds Senators John McCain and Barack Obama for talking about immigration reform. However, the fact is that Senator McCain has demonstrated real leadership in addressing this highly controversial issue.
“Senator McCain risked his political career to find a comprehensive solution to our nation’s complex immigration problem. He has demonstrated a commitment to secure the border, create a guest worker program and to treat immigrants with respect and dignity.
“On the other hand, Senator Obama sided against bipartisan immigration reform legislation and instead with narrow, special interests intent on killing efforts to find real solutions.
“We hope that the next president and Congress will put away the rhetoric and act to fix our broken immigration system. Thanks to the efforts of Senator McCain, a foundation has been laid for meaningful reform. It is in the best interest of our nation, society and economy to complete the job.”