Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Election 2008 is history. Barack Obama wins. The effort at an October surprise with the "news" of his "illegal alien" aunt fails. And some candidates with anti-immigrant platforms lost in races for the U.S. Congress.
A year ago, with the relatively recent demise of comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Congress, it looked like immigration might dominate the 2008 Presidential election. However, with the Wall Street cataclysm hitting its peak weeks before the election, that is not how it worked out.
Immigration was a non-issue in the Obama-McCain presidential debates and was rarely mentioned on the campaign trail by the candidates or the voters. It most definitely was not the issue that gripped Joe the Plumber on election day.
And candidates who tried to play the anti-immigration card failed to get much traction on the issue.
Goodbye to Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina who started her campaign this time with a television ad with local sheriffs enforcing immigration laws. Her storied political career may have come to an end.
Lou Barletta, the mayor of Hazleton, PA who was known for his support for a tough anti-immigrant ordinance, lost in his race for Congress in Pennsylvania. This may have been the high point of his political career.
Latinos and newly naturalized citizens turned out in record numbers for the election. The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington, DC.
"The election is over and the results are in: Latinos and eligible immigrant voters turned out in record numbers for President-Elect Barack Obama