Everyone knows that the 2012 elections are over, and Obama was once again elected to serve as our commander in chief. Many have been playing the Monday Moring Quarterback and have been telling Republicans why they did not have the BIG win everyone on the Republican side was hoping for.
One of the most talked about reasons for the defeat was the Republican opposition of Immigration reform. For the record, Republicans have not been against immigration, but do oppose illegal immigration and while I understand that the Hispanic population is growing and will become the dominant demographic soon, I personally believe we should not go after a vote based on race. In my opinion, we should leave race out of it and build our relationships on the values we share and have in common with people of ALL races.
Having said that I know that this will not happen and we need to address the issue of Immigration or more accurately termed, illegal immigration.
The Houston Chronicle published an article headlined “Analysis: Election spurs new push within GOP, business community for immigration reform”
Carlos Gutierrez former President George W. Bush’s Commerce Secretary and chair of Juntos con Romney, the campaign’s Latino outreach group stated in The Houston Chronicle
Pro-reform Republicans, who had been mute amid the harsh attacks on illegal immigration by populist conservatives, are now joining with allies in the business community, evangelical Protestant groups and free-enterprise think tanks to push for a comprehensive solution to America’s broken immigration system that includes legal status for undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S.”
Texas Senator elect Ted Cruz stated “To reach a compromise, both parties will need to set aside past grievances and deal with a policy problem that has perplexed the past three presidents. Participants in past negotiations say the contours of an eventual agreement already exist. They include a continuation of stepped-up border enforcement, an increase in visas for high-skilled foreign workers, mostly in the technology sector, a guest worker program for agriculture, hospitality and other industries, a route to citizenship for the “Dream Act” children and a pathway to legal status for immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally. That path would include fines, English-language proficiency and payment of any back taxes.
The biggest philosophical dispute that must be resolved among reformers is whether to offer undocumented workers eventual citizenship or permanent legal residency. Citizenship would damage any deal’s chances among Republicans, but anything short of citizenship would anger many Latino civil rights activists.
I think both of them make a good point and I am sure that we can build a bridge into the Hispanic community. People need to understand and remember that one of the reasons many Republicans are against any path to citizenship “is that this was tried once with the late, great Ronald Reagan, in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986/ This legislation required employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status, made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants. granted amnesty to certain seasonal and agricultural illegal immigrants. granted amnesty to illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously. About three million illegal immigrants were granted amnesty.
This was good legislation but in the end this nation lost because although we followed through on amnesty we failed to secure the border.
If anyone wants to have massive Republican support they must also address exactly how they will secure the boarder. If we do not secure the boarder and we grant amnesty or a path to citizenship it will in no way fix anything it will make it worse.