Skip to comments.2004 Republican Party Platform - Illegal Immigration
Posted on 09/06/2004 2:16:56 AM PDT by k2blader
Re-typed verbatim from the 2004 Republican Party Platform (pages 80 and 81):
Supporting Humane and Legal Immigration
The Republican Party supports reforming the immigration system to ensure that it is legal, safe, orderly and humane. It also supports measures to ensure that the immigration system is structured to address the needs of national security. America is a stronger and better nation because of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants, and the Republican Party honors them. A growing economy requires a growing number of workers, and President Bush has proposed a new temporary worker program that applies when no Americans can be found to fill the jobs. This new program would allow workers who currently hold jobs to come out of the shadows and to participate legally in Americas economy. It would allow men and women who enter the program to apply for citizenship in the same manner as those who apply from outside the United States. There must be strong workplace enforcement with tough penalties against employees and employers who violate immigration laws. We oppose amnesty because it would have the effect of encouraging illegal immigration and would give an unfair advantage to those who have broken our laws.
To better ensure that immigrants enter the United States only through legal means that allow for verification of their identity, reconnaissance cameras, border patrol agents, and unmanned aerial flights have all been increased at the border. In addition, Border Patrol agents now have sweeping new powers to deport illegal aliens without having first to go through the cumbersome process of allowing the illegal alien to have a hearing before an immigration judge. We support these efforts to enforce the law while welcoming immigrants who enter America through legal avenues.
Even while supporting President Bushs proposal to reward illegal aliens with temporary amnesty and "equal opportunity" to apply for citizenship, the committee has the audacity to say it opposes amnesty because that would encourage illegal immigration and be unfair to those applying legally.
The GOP has lost all credibility on at least this one issue.
They're still a big improvement over our internationalist friends at the DNC. The reforms must continue or else a disaster is going to take place of massive proportions.
compare the above plank with this one:
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Oop, you beat me!
And thank you for the information.
I'm fine with the 2nd paragraph of the plank.
But it is intellectually dishonest to pretend the proposal is not an amnesty and will have no effect on how our border patrol agents are able to do their jobs.
I agree, but it's a case where the party knows its candidate has strong differences, but still wants to accommodate his programs.
It's understandable that the Republicans want to reelect President Bush, but I hope this particular proposal of his is buried in Congress.
When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns
When low wages are outlawed, only outlaws will have low wages
Thus does the Minimum Wage contribute to flooding our society with immigrants in greater number than we can assimilate, who are discouraged from assimilation by their illegal status. That such a flood of illegal immigrants is forthcoming is a testament to the free, capitalist health of our nation.
To reduce illegal immigration, don't try to fight the natural, profit seeking response of a free capitalist economy with central immigration planning and enforcement. Instead just lower the Minimum Wage !!
It will have to be reduced substantially. The true cost of an illegal immigrant's labor is doubly reduced, first by not having to pay Minimum Wage, second by not have to pay benefits and withholding.
P.S. - Obviously, we must reduce Payroll Taxes as well, to further reduce the advantage that illegals have now for lower paying jobs. If we replaced the Income Tax and its withholding with a National Sales Tax, then this would more fairly apply to all, legal and illegal. If we replaced Social Security with a combination of encouragements for private accounts (accepting that the lower paid jobs would not afford this) and paying the remainder of the existing commitments for benefits from the General Fund, then this would remove another unfair burden only on legals.
A disaster of masssive proportions HAS taken place. The incumbent President has stood by and watched it continue for almost four years. Open borders=undermining of national security and sovereignty.
I see your point but you're ignoring the fact that policy has provided the tolerance of illegal immigration for the express purpose of appeasing the corporate demand for cheap labor. No matter where you set the minimum wage, if you supply employers with illegal immigrants who work off the books, it doesn't matter. The policy of ignoring illegal immigration, demonstrated by our refusal to deport illegals when they are caught in traffic violations, for example, is proof that we have corporate welfare in this country in the form of a cheap and illegal labor supply. As long as these people will work for next to nothing, we are encouraging their abuse.
If you really mean what you're saying, then you'll go after government meddling in the issue from all sides: public policy, corporate responsibility, and relaxing wage controls (if you insist).
Deprive employers of a free influx of millions of cheap laborers and the minimum wage will mysteriously rise on its own. You're going to pay more for your nanny and your lettuce, but our national security and our culture will be protected. It might be someone from your own family who gets a decent job, though.
It's undermining our culture, as well. No other immigrants are so bold about declaring their culture as superior or worth maintaining ahead of Anglo Saxon American culture as are the Latinos. They think of themselves as a nation within a nation wherever they go. Most of our illegal immigrants are Latino. We've just got too much of them coming in to be assimilated. Pretty soon they're going to start trying to assimilate us!
EMPTY WORDS MEAN NOTHING.
The number of Christian Conservatives I know that will be voting R for the last time in 2004 would scare you. The R Party may, or may not, wake up in the next 2-4 years.
Empty words? When President Bush takes action, he doesn't always talk about it. Turn on your local college radio station. Visit democracynow.org. Do a google search for immigration terms. What you'll find is a loud, RAGING outcry against the changes that have been made in the last three years to de facto immigration policy.
The slammies and commies are having a much harder time snaking their way through our State Department's maze of paperwork to come into this country, and the internationalists on our college campuses are ANGRY.
There's more to this picture than meets the eye.
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