Alert! Texas GOP to water down Immigration Platform?
Posted by Mike O on June 8, 2010
UPDATES 2: In preparation for our Battle Royale in the convention, I have created sd8_calculator; this one for SD 8, dividing up a Senatorial district into their county delegations.
UPDATE: Terry Wade and Sylvia Acuff, two of our Three Amigos of the NTTP executive committee testified to the Platform Committee for a strong immigration plank and apparently received a standing ovation! While it seemed to strengthen a few spines on the Committee, we’ll send more people to testify tomorrow and keep a very close eye on the platform.
My Rx for the prevention of political stupidity? Take Two of the TEAquila Trio and call the North Texas Tea Party in the morning!
Below is the 2008 Texas GOP platform on Immigration; we have heard that there is a major effort underway to substantially water this down.
I, as husband of a LEGAL immigrant for whom English is a second language, find actionable items in the section just fine; some wordsmithing might be appropriate. But if the GOP decides to substantially water down the action items themselves, they are NOT a Party worthy of Tea Party Support, in my opinion. Immigration law is LAW; it exists for a purpose. Legality matters, language matters (one or over 300; you choose), border security matters; culture and ethnicity do not.
If this section gets gutted or left completely out, I may well advocate a Tea Party walkout of the convention. And could very well be joined by the Americans of Latino descent in the leadership of the NTTP, as well as a number of known Tea Partiers. If so we’ll be looking for the nearest media camera; they should be plentiful enough.
Go ahead, Republican Party of Texas; MAKE OUR DAY!
Legal Immigration – One nation, one flag, one language, one loyalty
America is a country of immigrants, we should insist that any immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself/herself to the United States. He/she shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else. This is predicated upon the fact that the person is in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance. Anyone who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t American at all. We have room but for one flag, the American Flag. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language. We have room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the American people. (Teddy Roosevelt, 1907)
Illegal Immigration – No amnesty! No how. No way.
Illegal aliens have committed a criminal act. We oppose illegal immigration, amnesty in any form, or legal status for illegal immigrants. We support an end to the “catch and release” policy; criminal penalties and aggressive enforcement for those who knowingly employ illegal workers; expeditious hearings on deporting non-violent illegal immigrants; suspending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants; elimination of federal funding to cities with “sanctuary” laws; empowering state and local law enforcement agencies with authority and resources to detain illegal immigrants; rejection of non-verifiable foreign-issued cards as valid identification; strict prosecution of any entity involved in phony identification documents; elimination of day labor work centers; elimination of laws requiring hospitals to give non-emergency care to illegals; elimination of social security benefits or government funding to illegals for education, housing or business loans; preventing any foreign entity from using our judicial
system to enter the United States; strong document verification prior to issuance of a Texas drivers license; withholding federal highway funds from any state issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens; and aggressive prosecution of persons smuggling humans across our borders.
Enforcement of Immigration Law – We support strict and immediate enforcement of all immigration laws.
Birthright Citizenship – We call on the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of these United States to clarify Section 1 of the 14th amendment to limit citizenship by birth to those born to a citizen of the United States: with no exceptions.
Here is one of the statements delivered to the Committee; do not be fooled by attempts to make it sound tough; the key is the phrase ‘Sensible Immigration Policy‘. Read the preceding bullet points and I think anyone could figure this person’s idea of ‘sensible’ is essentially open floodgates:
WHO AM I?
My name is Norman E. Adams, I have been a small business owner (an insurance agent) for 45 years. I have been active in the Republican Party for 40 years. In the last 25 years, due to the abortion issue, I have not missed a precinct caucus. I have been a delegate to every Republican Senatorial Convention and every State Republican Convention. I have been a delegate or an alternate to five National Conventions. I am proud to have served on the Texas Republican Party Platform Committee four times, and I hope to serve again!
WHY AMERICA NEEDS IMMIGRANT WORKERS
More than a few Republicans have bought into the anti-immigrant rhetoric that flows freely in print, on the web, through email, and on the airwaves. “We need to deport all of them. What part of illegal don’t you understand?” goes the mantra. I agree there is a problem that needs fixing. But let’s use the brains God gave us to find a good solution. We need these immigrant workers! Why?
1. We need the workforce!
a. The combined fertility rate of American born citizens is barely 2%, considered unsustainable!
b. Every year more American born workers are retiring than are entering the workforce. This is especially true in lower skill trades.
c. To compound the problem, since Roe v. Wade, we have aborted nearly fifty million children in the United States! This represents multiple generations of American-born workers!
d. It is a simple matter of mathematics, we have more jobs than we have American-born workers to fill, especially low skilled!!
2. The argument that immigrants are driving down the wages of American-born workers is a myth! The Cato Institute <http://www.cato.org> has demonstrated that where the percentage of illegal immigrant workers is highest, the wages of American born workers has risen faster than those states with fewer immigrants. Economic activity drives wages and the need for workers higher!
THE GOP CAN WIN THE HISPANIC VOTE
The GOP made in-roads into the Hispanic community in the 2000 and 2004 election cycles. It is not surprising. The GOP’s commitment to economic freedom and opportunity, the protection of the unborn, support for traditional marriage, and even educational choice resonates with the Hispanic community.
The reversal of this trend in 2006 and 2008 was the direct result of extremist policy positions (e.g., support for mass deportations) and inflammatory rhetoric about immigration and specifically immigrants that repelled Hispanics. Republicans do not have to compromise their principles to attract the Hispanic vote. We proved that in 2000 and 2004!
IT MUST START WITH THE GOP PLATFORM
As Texas Republicans, one of our first steps should be to revise our Texas Republican Platform.
Currently the platform has two paragraphs, one on Legal Immigration, and one on Illegal Immigration. I propose substituting the following for both:
Stop Illegal Immigration
Texans resolve to urge Congress to develop a SENSIBLE IMMIGRATION POLICY! Americans deserve a policy that controls our borders, positively identifies all noncitizens, deports those with violent criminal records, and includes no short cuts to citizenship with the exception of military service. Visas for noncitizens should be issued only to those who submit to a positive ID process and agree to pay penalty taxes in excess of taxes paid by citizens. Employers of noncitizens should be required to match those penalty taxes as an incentive to hire U.S. citizens first!