It's been nearly four years to the day that The Sanctuary released its responses to the 36 item questionnaire that was sent out to numerous campaigns at the federal, state and local level in 2008.
Only one candidate ever responded to us: Barack Obama
The questions were developed through many conversations and
emails among the editorial board of this site at the time; activists who
I continue to admire for standing up for the basic principles of human
rights and decency, cultivating a better future.
As now-President Obama stated in his renomination speech a couple
of weeks ago in Charlotte: "The times have changed and so have I".
This rings true for this site and the promigrant blogosphere of the
2008 era, but the constant thread woven through years of online activism
on behalf of all peoples regardless of legal status is this: politics is not a game.
For some, sure. And they receive deserved mocking. But to the families and young people that we advocate for and proudly follow when led,
this fight is at its core a matter of life and death. That's why its
important to know where the candidates stand on issues important to
Mitt Romney has already made his stance clear. He favors self-deportation.
President Barack Obama? His answers from 2008 are available in full at The Sanctuary.
The questions I posted there are: How would you rate his first-term immigration record based on his promises made in
2008? And what must we do to hold him and his Administration
accountable should they be granted a second term?