07/15/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Experts: Immigration Not Key to Winning Hispanic Vote

Hispanic voters have become a key target in this year's presidential race, courted heavily by both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

Though immigration has become a focus of those efforts, experts say the candidates' positions on basic issues such as the economy, education, health care, crime, taxes and national security are likely to be more important.

That's partly because McCain and Obama both have supported a three-pronged approach to overhauling the nation's immigration laws that would enhance border security, rewrite temporary-worker programs and create a route to citizenship for the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants currently in the country.

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