Fact: Obama has promised amnesty for all 12 million illegal aliens in the U.S.
Granting amnesty absolves illegal aliens of violating federal law by entering the U.S. illegally. Once granted, the aliens are eligible for citizenship and the full benefits of citizenship.


Fact: When asked about the fact that illegal immigrants don't speak English, Obama said the solution was for American kids to learn Spanish. "Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English, they will learn English. You need to make sure your child can speak Spanish." (Obama himself cannot speak Spanish.)


Fact: Obama voted "No" on making English the official language of the United States government. A full 91 percent of the people in America want English as an official language, and 76 percent of Hispanics believe English should be the official language.


Fact: Obama voted "Yes" on allowing illegal immigrants to participate in Social Security. Obama voted to kill an amendment that would "reduce document fraud, prevent identity theft, and preserve the integrity of the Social Security system, by ensuring that persons who receive an adjustment of status under this bill are not able to receive Social Security benefits as a result of unlawful activity."


Fact: Obama wants healthcare for illegal immigrants. When Obama was asked, "Does your healthcare plan cover the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants?" He answered that his health plan will cover all of America's 47 million uninsured, but that figure includes approximately 12 million illegal aliens. Obama said, "When we've got millions of citizens that aren't yet covered, it's important for us to make sure that they are provided coverage."

[Democratic Presidential Debate sponsored by CNN and
the Congressional Black Caucus Institute on Jan. 21, 2008]

Fact: Obama supports giving illegal immigrants a driver's license. Obama was asked, "In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, do you support driver's licenses for illegal immigrants?" To which he responded, "Yes. I am going to be fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, and we shouldn't pose the question that, somehow, we can't achieve that. The American people desperately want it; that's what I'm going to be fighting for as president."

[Democratic Primary Debate in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov.15, 2007]

Fact: Obama wants all states to give illegals in-state tuition at state and community colleges.


Fact: Obama opposed punishing "sanctuary" cities that violate federal law by harboring illegals. He voted "Yes" to kill an amendment that ensured that federal assistance does not go to sanctuary cities that ignore the immigration laws of the United States and create safe havens for illegal aliens and potential terrorists.  Those who voted "No" stated, "Are we going to give folks in sanctuary cities amnesty for defying federal law and refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials?"


Fact: Obama supported The Dream Act for children of illegal immigrants. The Dream Act is a piece of proposed federal legislation in the United States that would provide achieving illegal immigrant high school students the opportunity to obtain permanent residency.

[Democratic Debate Jan. 31, 2008]

Fact: Obama co-sponsored a bill to provide funding for social services for illegal aliens.


Fact: Obama receives an 8 percent rating from USBC (The U.S. Border Control). The USBC was founded in 1988, and is a non-profit, tax-exempt, citizen's lobby to protect the border and deter illegal immigration.


Fact: Barack Obama blames a rise in hate crimes against Hispanics on Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh. He stated at a Palm Beach fundraiser, "A certain segment has basically been feeding a kind of xenophobia.

"There's a reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year. If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up, it's not surprising that would happen." (According to The Washington Post fact checker, Obama's "hate crimes statistics are wildly inaccurate — and a subsequent modified claim provided by his campaign was also off the mark.")

Fact: Obama is against raids on illegal immigration. Obama's plan? "Improve Our Immigration System: 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."

["The Blueprint for Change: Barack Obama's Plan for America," Pages 38-39]

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