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Republicans Must Show Support for Hispanic Dreams

Stuart95 Wrote: Mar 21, 2013 1:34 PM
I assume that it is not economically practical to deport 12m people and governments will continue passing out freebies to all while not penalizing those who employ illegals. The real question, then, is how do we face reality and make the liberals look bad at the same time? Let Repubs show leadership with work permits for illegals who show they are supporting themselves, have not received government assistance, and have no criminal record. This puts them on the list for citizenship after X months; that citizenship requires that they have continued to support themselves, pay taxes, and speak some English. The responsible future-citizens will recognize Repubs as their champions, and liberals will be left defending the freeloaders.
Tim341 Wrote: Mar 21, 2013 3:01 PM
Deporting illegals would cost a fraction of the $2.5 trillion amnesty will cost.

Only about 1% of illegal aliens will meet your requirements since they all commit multiple felonies to work.
Stuart95 Wrote: Mar 21, 2013 3:19 PM
Tim, I hate to bear bad news, but if you cling to the central idea that illegal immigrants are automatically felons you will be left behind in the discussion. Not saying you're wrong.

Also, an asset of this policy is that Repubs get to say that their plan is not amnesty because it sets requirements for a work permit and even more requirements for citizenship.

Again, the idea is that Repubs are on record for helping productive would-be citizens, despite the fact that they entered the country illegally. The liberals are left defending their position - we can call it the poisionous term, amnesty - for unproductive freeloaders.
aalexander306 Wrote: Mar 21, 2013 4:08 PM
Stuart, entering this country without inspection is a federal crime punishable by several months in prison, a large fine, and deportation. Those who enter on a non immigrant visa that they get by lying about their intent to remain here commit immigration fraud, a felony. So yes, it's the rare illegal alien who is not a "criminal".
mschneiter Wrote: Mar 21, 2013 2:19 PM
This won't work. First, the Dems and Obama will get the credit, they own the MSM and they own the spanish media outlets, they will not allow the GOP to look good. Secondly, the moment these people have the legal authorization to be in this country the lawyers will start lining up to file lawsuits against ANY restriction placed upon them. So the law says they can't collect welfare? Do you think the courts are going to agree with that when the case ends up in front of them? So the law says that criminals aren't eligible for legal status? The courts will see to it that such restrictions are "unconstitutional". Lastly, if the government is actively refusing to enforce current law, why would they start enforcing new laws?
Rarely does a political party issue a document so scathingly critical of itself and its most recent presidential nominee as the report of the five-member Growth and Opportunity Project of the Republican National Committee.

It refers to Mitt Romney on occasion as "our presidential nominee" and notes disapprovingly of his reference, in the debate about immigration, to "self-deportation."

And while the report states modestly, "We are not a policy committee," it does call for a policy -- "comprehensive immigration reform" -- that many, perhaps most, Republican members of Congress oppose.

I think there's some risk here for the Republican National Committee....