Commenting on the Republican Platorm on Immigration
The GOP approved their platform, including immigration, which John McCain endorsed upon his acceptance of nomination
Below is the Republican Platform on immigration. I have only been able to find it in English so far, if anyone can find it in Spanish send it on. We need to get this out to the immigrants rights constituencies to expose McCain and company. Before the text I have singled out a few quotes with a critique on each. This is just a beginning, please send me suggestions, comments, criticism et al. Thanks, Rosalio Mu??oz
Published on LatinoLA: September 6, 2008
1. "Immigration policy is a national security issue"
This makes the issue a more military, adversarial, question rather than one of freedom, equality, justice. It lays the basis for limiting or eliminating family reunification, due process, civil rights.
2. "Our determination to uphold the rule of law begins with more effective enforcement"
Why not start with laws that are just?
3. "Our commitment to the rule of law means smarter enforcement at the workplace... we must empower employers "
Why not empower workers to be legal?
4. "The rule of law means...deport criminal aliens without delay ...correcting court decisions that have made deportation so difficult... requiring cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement ...denial of federal funds, for self described sanctuary cities...It does not mean driver's licenses for illegal aliens...or... in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens ..
or .. social security benefits or other public benefits, except as provided by federal law."
The next election they will eliminate the 14th amendment birth right citizenship and equal protection and provisions for equal protection period!
5. "We oppose amnesty... rejection of en masse legalizations is especially appropriate"
Here is the Platform text
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 ourcore 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 communitiesavoid patterns of isolation.
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
Rosalio Munoz has been a progressive activist and writer on the Eastside since the 60's. Currently he is the Southern California Editor of the Peoples Weekly World.
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