At a glance, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's 2008 campaign promises for immigration reform were to:
Create Secure Borders
Obama wants to preserve the integrity of our borders. He supports additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.
Improve Our Immigration System
Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.
Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally
Obama will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.
Bring People Out of the Shadows
Obama supports a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens.
Work with Mexico
Obama believes we need to do more to promote economic development in Mexico to decrease illegal immigration.
For more about Obama's attitudes on immigration, read Barack Obama's Courageous Speech on Immigration Reform. which was delivered on the Senate floor in 2007.
Read the full text of Obama's immigration reform plan at BARACK OBAMA: FIGHTING FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM/
SOURCE for this article: Barack Obama '08 Website