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First Draft of the 2012 RNC Immigration Platform, August 20, 2012

If you’re a Republican in Texas, and you attended the State Republican Convention, then you know about the Texas Solution, the “Guest-Worker” program as some call it.  This is an update from Brad Bailey, from Texas, who was instrumental in the passage of the Texas Solution.  He is in Tampa as we speak, working towards an immigration platform that allows for a guest –worker program.

“Duke,

Below is the RNC immigration platform that was approved by the Government Reform Subcommittee on Monday, August 20th.  When we arrived there was no mention of a guest worker program.  We were able to lobby several subcommittee members (on their way to the bathroom!) to submit and support an amendment to the national platform that endorsed a national guest worker program.  And we successfully got the highlighted wording added to the immigration platform.

First Draft of the 2012 RNC Immigration Platform, August 20, 2012


Brad Bailey, Immigration activist and instrumental organizer of The Texas Immigration Solution

First Draft of the 2012 RNC Immigration Platform, August 20, 2012

Government Reform Subcommittee

Immigration: The Rule of Law

The greatest asset of the American economy is the American worker.  Just as immigrant labor helped build our country in the past, today’s legal immigrants are making vital contributions in every aspect of our national life.  Their industry and commitment to American values strengthens our economy, enriches our culture, and enables us to do better understand and more effectively compete with the rest of the world.  Illegal immigration undermines those benefits and affects U.S. workers.  In an age of terrorism, drug cartels, human trafficking and criminal gangs, the presence of millions of unidentified persons in this country poses grave risks to the safety and the sovereignty of the United States.  Our highest priority, therefore, is to secure the rule of law both at our borders and at ports of entry.

 

We recognize that most of those seeking entry into this country, lack the respect of the rule of law in their homelands has meant economic exploitation and political oppression by corrupt elites.  In this country, the rule of law guarantees equal treatment to every individual, including one million immigrants whom we grant permanent residency every year.

 

That is why we oppose any forms of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it.  It is why we insist upon enforcement at the workplace through verification systems so that jobs can be available to all legal workers, and why we demand tough penalties for those who practice identity theft, deal in fraudulent documents, and traffic in human beings as if they were cattle.  It is why we support Republican legislation to give the Department of Homeland Security long-term detention authority to keep dangerous but undeportable aliens off our streets, expedite expulsion of criminal aliens, and make gang membership a deportable offense.

 

The current administration’s approach to immigration has undermined the rule of law at every turn.  It has lessened work-site enforcement-and even allows the illegal aliens it does uncover to walk down the street to the next employer—and challenged legitimate State efforts to keep communities safe, suing them for trying to enforce the law when the federal government refuses to do so.  It has created a backdoor amnesty program unrecognized in law, granting worker authorization to illegal aliens, and shown little regard for the life-and-death situations facing the men and women of the border patrol.

 

In contrast, a Republican administration and Congress will partner with local governments through cooperative enforcement agreements in Section 287g of the Immigration and Nationality Act to make communities safer for all and will consider, in light of both current needs and historic practice, the utility of a legal and reliable source of foreign labor through a new guest-worker program.  We will create humane procedures to encourage illegal immigrants to return home voluntarily, while enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas.

 

We are grateful to the thousands of new immigrants, many whom are not citizens, who are serving in the Armed Forces.  Their patriotism should encourage us all to embrace the newcomers legally among us, assist their journey to full citizenship, and help their communities avoid isolation from the mainstream of society.  To that end, while we encourage the retention and transmission of heritage tongues, we support English as the nation’s official language, a unifying force essential for the educational and economic advancement of, not only immigrant communities, but our nation as a whole.

 

More from Brad Bailey:  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the author of the Arizona immigration law, was able to add in tough language at the full meeting on Tuesday afternoon.  He was able to add the following language:

1.       Mandatory e-verify for all U.S. employers. (Amendment GR-8)

2.       Complete the border fence that was approved in 2007. (Amendment GR-10)

3.       End federal funding to Sanctuary Cities. (Amendment GR-10)

4.       No in state tuition for illegal immigrants. (Amendment GR-10)

However, he was NOT able to remove our Guest Worker Program!  And he tried and tried!  Just having this endorsement of a national guest worker program on the GOP National Platform is a huge victory!  As a conservative border state, Texas Republicans provided free-market immigration solutions versus the hatred and rhetoric that is Arizona is currently promoting.  This resonated with many of the national committee members!

We have had some good press come out on our victory.  Check out my Facebook page for those links.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.  Thank you again for covering this important issue!

 

Brad Bailey

Co-Founder/ CEO

The Texas Immigration Solution

150 W. Parker Rd.

Third Floor

Houston, TX 77076

713.557.5953– mobile

Brad.Bailey@HardWorkCleanHands.com -email

www.TexasImmigrationSolution.com -website

 

 

Comments (2)

  1. Gehrig Saldana

    Question: Will individuals allowed to participate in a national guest
    worker program be allowed to have a driver’s license? Please keep in mind in
    Texas alone providing a driver’s license, personal identification number, or a
    social security (last four digits of your social security number) number will
    allow a person to register to vote. To make matters worse, a voter who has not
    been issued a driver’s license, state issued ID card or social security number
    can still register to vote, but such voter must submit proof of identification
    when presenting himself/herself to vote. Most troubling to me personally is in
    Texas, acceptable identification to be allowed to register to vote also
    includes providing a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, or
    paycheck?

    Please note I am in full agreement with the prospective of including a
    national guest worker program in our RNC immigration platform. That said, if we
    do accomplish this we must also take into consideration our voter laws.

    http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/pamphlets/largepamp.shtml

  2. Dave Nalle

    Good work, Brad. I wish you’d been able to keep e-verify from getting added. It’s a terrible idea.

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