Americans for a Conservative Direction boosts GOP on immigration

In June of 2012, ten thousand Republican Convention delegates gathered in Ft. Worth and overwhelmingly adopted a guest worker program known as the Texas Solution. Texas Republican delegates have a right to expect Texas Congressmen to support the principles of our Texas Republican Platform.

True to our Platform, Ted Poe and others have been drafting very similar immigration language. Speaker Boehner supports their plan.

Ironically, Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently labeled the House plan as Amnesty!

The House plan does vary slightly from the Texas Platform because it allows those brought here as children a pathway to citizenship.

So is this the reason Senator Cruz calls the House plan amnesty?

Hopefully Senator Cruz will listen to the radio and TV ads sponsored by Americans for a Conservative Direction.

Here they are!

The TV script: “House Republicans have a conservative solution to fix our broken immigration system. The plan — Step 1: Secure the border; and tough employment verification. Step 2: Anyone in America illegally undergoes a criminal background check. Step 3: Pay fines, taxes and learn English. No amnesty. But a chance at the American dream for those brought here as children. Step by step, House Republicans want to fix the immigration problem; which will strengthen our economy.”

The radio script: “House Republicans have a conservative solution to fix our broken immigration system. Their plan — Step 1: Secure the border and require tough employment verification. The Republican plan will put more agents on the border and give them better equipment and technology to fight the problem. And it establishes a reliable e-verify system to ensure that employers only hire people who can legally work here. Step 2: Anyone in America illegally undergoes a criminal background check. If they have a violent criminal past, they should be deported. Step 3: Pay fines, taxes and learn English. No amnesty. But a chance at the American dream for those brought here as children. Step by step, House Republicans want to fix the immigration problem, which will strengthen our economy. Get the facts for yourself.”

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Amnesty is defined (at dictionary.com) as "an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole."  So what *do* you call it when an entire class of people, whose offense is that they entered this country illegally, is given "a chance at the American dream"?  Amnesty by another name is still amnesty.

Guest worker programs are not a good idea because they cast workers into a second-class citizen status and put their fate into their employers' hands, creating an opportunity to exploit them. It also encourages employers to turn full-time jobs into temporary ones at reduced wages and diminished working conditions -- something we're already seeing as a result of Obamacare.

Finally, guest workers also undercut the wages of those domestic workers who would otherwise do the jobs here in America.  When Bill Clinton was president, wages for American IT workers were climbing and American students were clamoring to become computer scientists. Fifteen years later, average real IT wages are no higher. It is no coincidence that high-tech industries are now using guest workers to fill two-thirds of new IT jobs.  Other industries are no different.


I am a 69-year-old Republican Texan.  For a very long time, I have believed that all illegal immigrants just should be rounded up and deported back to their native countries.  For a very, very long time.  For over 50 years now.  For such a long time, in fact, that it now is crystal clear to me that the United States quite simply has dropped the ball and waited just far, far too long now to deport 11,500,000 people, given that many illegal immigrants have resided here for many, many years, have had American children here, and those American children have had American children here, and many of the original illegal immigrants have gotten old and died.  It would be cold and cruel beyond our American nature and character now to forcibly and permanently separate those true illegal immigrants, many having established laudable roots here, from their native-born American families and to deport them after all these years of waiting on the Congress and the several presidents to get their political acts together and to come to some agreed law on their de facto immigration.


The vast majority of the present illegal Mexican and Central and South American immigrants here in Texas are very good people and eager to learn English, and I have no problem with the number of them that I have come to know or that are my neighbors, and no problem either in celebrating with them, or with any other cultures here in Texas, anything they celebrate.

Even a blind man can see that the United States government is just not going to deport or incarcerate 11,500,000 people.  It will never happen.  If that practical and realistic result to that very practical problem and reality is amnisty, then so be it.  

Therefore, President Obama ought to make himself useful for once and issue one of his executive orders immediately stopping all deportations of all present illegal immigrants, other than for felonies or subsequent illegal immigration, and the Congress, immediately, should pass a limited immigration law, having absolutely nothing to do with eventual or even the possibility of citizenship, that immediately continues stopping the deportation of all present illegal immigrants, other than for felonies or subsequent illegal immigration, and provides further that all present illegal immigrants may simply:
(i) Fill out their basic information on one side of one letter-sized sheet of paper under penalty of perjury, 
(ii) Pass a background check at any local, licensed, gun dealer, and 
(iii) Take the sheet of paper and background-check results to any US post office, hand it to a postal teller, at no cost whatsoever, and immediately receive in return, on the spot, both a special green card and a special limited Social Security card, so they, immediately, can legally keep the jobs they already have, pay taxes, and otherwise be productive.  This whole process should take each person no longer than either one morning or one afternoon, or Congress should damn sure make it so immediately.

The Congress and the president then can continue on passing, amending and vetoing all the illegal-immigrant citizenship bills they should like to, can go on insulting and cussing at each other all they want, can continue to lie to the American people about illegal immigrants all they want, and can piss down each other's pant leg or skirt while fighting all they want about citizenship or no citizenship for the 11,500,000 new special green-card-holders.

After all this long, long time, that is the fair, equitable and just action to take regarding all of those 11,500,000 people that no longer would be illegal immigrants.
 

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