The one thing that we can all agree on, is that it’s so much easier to complain about a problem than it is to create solutions that actually address the problem. While I was not able to attend the Texas Republican Party state convention in Fort Worth, I just found a copy of one of the planks that has been adopted, thanks to the hard work of Norman Adams and many other good Republicans that address the problem of illegal immigration within our state.
Please read the plank from page 21 of the 2012 RPT Platform.
The Texas Solution – Because of decades-long failure of the federal government to secure our borders and address the immigration issue, there are now upwards of 11 million undocumented individuals in the United States today, each of whom entered and remain here under different circumstances. Mass deportation of these individuals would neither be equitable nor practical; while blanket amnesty, as occurred with the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986, would only encourage future violations of the law. We seek common ground to develop and advance a conservative, market- and law-based approach to our nation’s immigration issues by following these principles:
1. Secure Our Borders – The U.S. Border must be secured immediately! We demand the application of effective, practical and reasonable measures to secure our borders and to bring safety and security for all Americans along the border and throughout the nation.
2. Modernize the United States Social Security Card – We support the improvement of our 1936 Social Security card to use contemporary anti-counterfeit technology. The social security card will not be considered a National ID card for U.S. citizens.
3. Birthright Citizenship – We call on the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of the 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.
4. Create an Effective and Efficient Temporary Worker Program – A national Temporary Worker Program should be implemented to bring skilled and unskilled workers into the United States for temporary periods of time when no U.S. workers are currently available. The program should also require:
· Self-funding through participation fees and fines;
· Applicants must pass a full criminal background check;
· Applicants with prior immigration violations would only qualify for the program if they paid the appropriate fines;
· Applicants and/or Employers must prove that they can afford and/or secure private health insurance;
· Applicants must waive any and all rights to apply for financial assistance from any public entitlement programs;
· Applicant must show a proficiency in the English language and complete an American civic class;
· Temporary Workers would only be able to work for employers that deduct and match payroll taxes;
· All participants would be issued an individual Temporary-Worker Biometric Identification Card that tracks all address changes and both civil and criminal court appearances as a defendant.
If we are going to truly fix the problem of illegal immigration in the state and in this nation we must find a common sense solution that is workable and does not treat people differently solely based on their nation of origin.
The Republican Party for several years has taken a beating because of its stance on illegal immigration. And while we all know that this was wrong, and all Republicans want is for people to come here legally, obey our laws and pay their fair share of taxes. We have been ridiculed and persecuted and called racist because we believe the rule of law is not only necessary for the survival of our nation but it is paramount.
At least now we have something we can all wrap our arms around and push. And I know that there will be some that will not like this particular plank of the platform because they feel that it is not strong enough but I respectfully disagree with them.
The very first thing we must do is to secure our border, and once this is done we need to find a way to deal with all the illegal immigrants that are here. Rounding everybody up and shipping them back, while it may be the thing that some want to do because these illegal immigrants broke our laws, it is just not plausible. And of course we all know from history that amnesty will not work so we have to find something else that will. It is my opinion that this is a great plank I will be proud to support it and I trust that you will also.
Let’s continue to fight for border security, sensible immigration and build bridges into the Hispanic and immigrant communities.