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June 12, 2012

The Texas GOP takes a stab at immigration reform

Filed under: Issues,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 2:54 pm
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A few days ago, I blogged about Fareed Zakaria’s proposal to break the immigration-reform gridlock.  According to Zakaria, the gridlock has resulted because Democrats oppose skills-based legal immigration and Republicans oppose a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Since my posting, the Texas GOP held their convention in Fort Worth and passed a controversial immigration-reform plank to the party’s platform.  Although the plank doesn’t address Zakaria’s proposal for the expansion of H1-B visas for skills-based immigration, it does call for a robust guest-worker program. 

The Texas Tribune recently attempted to do an in-depth article on the guest-worker plank in the GOP platform.  According to the Tribune article, the plank has been declared dead-on-arrival by progressives because it is merely a “Band-Aid” that fails to provide a path to citizenship.  Thus, despite general agreement about the merits of a more robust guest-worker program, the gridlock that Zakaria lamented promises to remain in place – because one side blocks the admittedly good ideas of the other side unless there is agreement on comprehensive reform.

The only other GOP plank discussed in the Tribune article is the call for repealing birthright citizenship.  The author of the article, Julian Aguilar, reveals his bias by describing this repeal as “a polarizing issue that has been linked to extreme terms like ‘terror babies.’”  And then in an attempt to cement the gridlock, he quotes from the immigration advocacy group that rejected the guest-worker program as an unacceptable Band-Aid.  Regarding repeal of birthright citizenship, the El Paso advocacy group makes the following irrational, emotion-laden diatribe:

  • “It is really just tailored for agricultural workers,” Cristina Parker, a spokeswoman for the group, said of the GOP platform measure. “And that may work for some, but it’s not a solution to the fact that we have 12 million undocumented people” living in the United States.  She said she appreciated the GOP’s slight shift, but that the amendment item highlighted a desire to “have it both ways.”  “I am glad that the GOP is recognizing that there is a problem,” she said. “But the idea of repealing birthright citizenship, it’s so radical, it’s so ridiculous. That’s just a tin-foil-hat idea.”

 Julian, I suggest you look for sources who are better able to defend the progressive position.  I confess, however, that I have never heard a sensible explanation in defense of birthright citizenship.

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