Republicans on Immigration Issues and the Latino Vote


Here’s a quick wrap-up of what Republicans have been saying on President Obama’s non-enforcement measure, immigration and the Latino vote:

First my comments:

Next, Congressman Schweikert’s comments:

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Then Senator Jon Kyl commented on Fox News:

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Senator John McCain on Meet the Press:

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Finally, Governor Mitt Romney at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials:

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And if you’re curious, here is what the Republican Party Platform says on “Immigration, National Security, and the Rule of Law”

Immigration policy is a national security issue, for which we have one test: Does it serve the national interest? By that standard, Republicans know America can have a strong immigration system without sacrificing the rule of law.

Enforcing the Rule of Law at the Border and Throughout the Nation

Border security is essential to national security. In an age of terrorism, drug cartels, and criminal gangs, allowing millions of unidentified persons to enter and remain in this country poses grave risks to the sovereignty of the United States and the security of its people. We simply must be able to track who is entering and leaving our country.

Our determination to uphold the rule of law begins with more effective enforcement, giving our agents the tools and resources they need to protect our sovereignty, completing the border fence quickly and securing the borders, and employing complementary strategies to secure our ports of entry. Experience shows that enforcement of existing laws is effective in reducing and reversing illegal immigration.

Our commitment to the rule of law means smarter enforcement at the workplace, against illegal workers and lawbreaking employers alike, along with those who practice identity theft and traffic in fraudulent documents. As long as jobs are available in the United States, economic incentives to enter illegally will persist. But we must empower employers so they can know with confidence that those they hire are permitted to work. That means that the E-Verify system—which is an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and identity of employees—must be reauthorized. A phased-in requirement that employers use the E-Verify system must be enacted.

The rule of law means guaranteeing to law enforcement the tools and coordination to deport criminal aliens without delay – and correcting court decisions that have made deportation so difficult. It means enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas, rather than letting millions flout the generosity that gave them temporary entry. It means imposing maximum penalties on those who smuggle illegal aliens into the U.S., both for their lawbreaking and for their cruel exploitation. It means requiring cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement and real consequences, including the denial of federal funds, for self-described sanctuary cities, which stand in open defiance of the federal and state statutes that expressly prohibit such sanctuary policies, and which endanger the lives of U.S. citizens. It does not mean driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, nor does it mean that states should be allowed to flout the federal law barring them from giving in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, nor does it mean that illegal aliens should receive social security benefits, or other public benefits, except as provided by federal law.

We oppose amnesty. The rule of law suffers if government policies encourage or reward illegal activity. The American people’s rejection of en masse legalizations is especially appropriate given the federal government’s past failures to enforce the law.

Embracing Immigrant Communities

Today’s immigrants are walking in the steps of most other Americans’ ancestors, seeking the American dream and contributing culturally and economically to our nation. We celebrate the industry and love of liberty of these fellow Americans.

Both government and the private sector must do more to foster legally present immigrants’ integration into American life to advance respect for the rule of law and a common American identity. It is a national disgrace that the first experience most new Americans have is with a dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy defined by delay and confusion; we will no longer tolerate those failures.

In our multiethnic nation, everyone – immigrants and native-born alike – must embrace our core values of liberty, equality, meritocracy, and respect for human dignity and the rights of women.

One sign of our unity is our English language. For newcomers, it has always been the fastest route to prosperity in America. English empowers. We support English as the official language in our nation, while welcoming the ethnic diversity in the United States and the territories, including language. Immigrants should be encouraged to learn English. English is the accepted language of business, commerce, and legal proceedings, and it is essential as a unifying cultural force. It is also important, as part of cultural integration, that our schools provide better education in U.S. history and civics for all children, thereby fostering a commitment to our national motto, E Pluribus Unum.

We are grateful to the thousands of new immigrants, many of them not yet citizens, who are serving in the Armed Forces. Their patriotism is inspiring; it should remind the institutions of civil society of the need to embrace newcomers, assist their journey to full citizenship, and help their communities avoid patterns of isolation.

Welcoming Refugees

Our country continues to accept refugees from troubled lands all over the world. In some cases, these are people who stood with America in dangerous times, and they have first call on our hospitality. We oppose, however, the granting of refugee status on the basis of lifestyle or other non-political factors.


Comments

  1. No one speaking here held to the principle that the border must be sealed first before any consideration for dealing with illegals in the country. I suppose that approach has been jettisoned by the GOP who now want to shift into oneupmanship. Isn’t great to know that on the possible threshhold of SB 1070 jumping the SCOTUS hurdle, the two rats posing as senators from Arizona and their party ilk are cooking up Dream Act stew. Apparently the crushing failure of the 2008 presidential campaign is a faded memory. Act 2, coming up.

    • Mesa Constitutional Conservative says:

      Zoo, just stop it, and get a life. Seriously.

    • It woul cost about 100 million a mile to seal the southern border. Making a high security fence, similar to what east Germany had on it’s border with west Germany. That is around 200 billion dollars… Is it worth it, and who is going to pay for it?

  2. Border sealed, who in the blankity blank was in charge of Congress from 1995 to 2006? The Republicnas, and what did they try doing for two years? Make a bunch of illegals interlopers legal, Now the are trying to compare the failed Obama to the their own failed poicies? What a farce, Kyl was in a back room writing the amnesty bill while the disgusting face of the immigration issue McSlime was out in front of the cameras telling all of us they are “God’s children”.

    We need to deport while we control the border with soldiers, Mitt promised to build the fence lets see what he does and how fast he goes back on his word.

  3. wherewasi says:

    Wow. Okay, Shane. I think I get it now. You dared to speak of your own personal beliefs and now Randy Pullen is calling for your termination as the Republican Party Communications Director. It must suck that you are not entitled to independent thought when you belong to the (R)s.

    This goes a long way to explain why you have never answered any of my questions.

    It must feel really rotten to know that you can’t say “I believe this”… (insert your independent thought here) and know that “your party” will call for your termination as Communication Director.

    You should consider joining the Independents. You’re allowed to have your own thoughts as an Independent. I personally am registered as a “no party preference” which means I vote for the candidate that I think best represents me and I can vote in which ever primary I choose. I am voting on the R ticket for the primary…. a few people I want to see retired.

    Shane, I’m sad for you. That you should have to hold your tongue for the (R) party (well – really, the T party) and keep your personal beliefs to yourself must be hard. I never hold back what I think. I’m sure it’s been hard for you to do so.

    Tell Pullen to do some sexual act to himself that is actually physically impossible. See how far that gets you.

    (Sigh)

  4. azcowpoke says:

    Right On Shane!

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