McCain's Shifting Stance on Immigration Continues With 'Dream Act' Flip-Flop

Election '08

John McCain, recognizing the importance of Latino voters in the upcoming election, spoke to the National Council of La Raza yesterday. He told the audience, "I do ask for your trust," adding, "I think I have earned that trust."

I know McCain often has a dry sense of humor, and in this case, I can't help but wonder if he was kidding.

We've already talked about McCain's efforts to mislead the audience about his on-again, off-again support/opposition to comprehensive immigration reform. But after his speech, McCain opened the floor to about 15 minutes of Q&A. A young woman asked whether the Republican senator would support the Dream Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act), which gives undocumented young people a chance to earn U.S. citizenship by going to college or enlisting in the military.

McCain didn't hesitate to endorse the legislation.



That's clearly the right position for McCain to take. The Dream Act should be a no-brainer: "Roughly 65,000 children graduate each year from high school into a constrained future because they cannot work legally or qualify for most college aid. These are the overlooked bystanders to the ferocious bickering over immigration. They did not ask to be brought here, have worked hard in school and could, given the chance, hone their talents and become members of the homegrown, high-skilled American work force. The bill is one of the least controversial immigration proposals that have been offered in the last five years."

But what McCain neglected to mention is that he already promised conservative activists that he opposes the Dream Act, and would have voted against it had he shown up for work last fall.


In fact, it was captured on tape.



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