Rhetoric Aside, What's Their Actual Plan to Help the Guys on the Roof?

In a good article Monday, Denver Post reporters Joey Bunch and Carlos Illescas preview the battle between Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff.

The winner will be the congressional representative for Aurora and the surrounding area.

A chunk of the article was dedicated to comparing the candidates' positions on immigration, which is certain to come up during the campaign.

Omitted was a comparison of the most important immigration issue of our time: the effort in Washington to pass comprehensive immigration reform. It's also the most relevant for two candidates running for Congress.

Romanoff supports a comprehensive-immigration-reform bill, passed with bipartisan support by the U.S. Senate and backed by President Obama. Romanoff is circulating a petition calling on the CO congressional delegation, including Coffman, to "endorse" the Senate bill.

Coffman, on the other hand, refuses to support this measure, and what's more, he refuses to specify the amendments he'd add to the Senate bill to enable him to support it. He's said he's not happy with the bill's plans for border enforcement, but he's never explained what he wants.

This hasn't stopped Coffman from saying he supports "comprehensive immigration reform," like Romanoff does, but unlike Romanoff, Coffman has no actual factual comprehensive-immigration reform plan. He just talks about it.

Bottom line: Reporters shouldn't compare the immigration positions of these two candidates without highlighting their differing positions on the immigration reform bill that's currently stalled in Congress.