Three immigration stances the GOP should embrace

Looking back on last week’s vote, Hispanics overwhelmingly supported President Obama, with 71 percent support. Republicans need to take note of this. Hispanics are not tied to many Democratic Party’s stances. They trend conservative on many social issues. The Republicans’ poor showing among Hispanics is a self-inflicted wound that can be partially remedied with three specific stances.

First, the Republicans should embrace the DREAM ACT. It’s never made sense to deny young persons citizenship because they arrived in our nation due to their parents’ choices. The DREAM ACT is geared to reward those young Hispanics who have both assimilated and proven their worth as citizens.

Second, the Republicans need to formulate a fast-track citizenship status for illegals, individual and families, who have lived in the U.S. for a generation or longer. In other words, these Hispanics have set down roots in the U.S. They’ve lived law-abiding lives, and for lack of citizenship papers, would be U.S. citizens. The current popular conservative stance, that they should go home and get in line, is untenable due to the already ultra-long bureaucratic wait for citizenship that most Hispanics face.

Third, The Republicans should take the initiative in setting up a work-permit residence status for laborers who pursue work in the United States, working at jobs that many better-off persons avoid, such as field labor or slaughterhouses. It’s ridiculous to raid these businesses, which rely on immigrant labor, and end up splitting families.

These stances would, of course, exempt immigrants with criminal records or gang affiliations. In the past generation, ironically after an amnesty bill that Ronald Reagan oversaw, the Republicans have made enemies of Hispanics through measures, beginning with Pete Wilson’s in the 1990s,  that cast illegal aliens as criminals worthy of contempt. The demographics have never justified that interpretation, and the GOP is now being punished by Hispanics for its long-term lack of compassion.

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11 Responses to Three immigration stances the GOP should embrace

  1. Bob Becker says:

    A sensible set of policies that deal with the realities we face on this matter. You’re in the wrong party, Doug.

  2. Preston says:

    Lack of compassion?

    Dream act, maybe. But there’s nothing uncompassionate about trying to enforce our borders. The stupidity is just that we simultaneously make them illegal and refuse to secure the border because so many people want them here for the cheap labor.

    I can’t believe you’re making the argument that we still need illegal labor to fill in for better-off workers uninterested in low-paying work.

  3. Midwinter says:

    a) Holy crap, Doug’s a liberal now!

    b) I agree. Those are all reasonable policies that should be implemented.

    • Decider says:

      Today, political reality and expediency force this awful tasting medicine down Doug’s gullet — NOT a change of heart.

      There would have been HONOR and COURAGE for Doug to have written about “compassionate immigration” AFTER Romney’s “self deportation” fiasco. But, now all that exists is this cynical and transparent attempt to pander to a future hispanic tide.

  4. Doug says:

    Decider is a hater, and unfortunately, I doubt will ever change. … Preston, these stances will provide a hand toward leading persons toward the shared values of our nation, by indicating that we accept them and have confidence that they can succeed and be productive citizens.

    • Decider says:

      Providing a long list of everything Decider loves and likes would be tedious over-kill to Doug’s name calling.
      However, Doug is correct about “hating” — even an amoeba “hates” an environment not suited to its propagation — “hate”, in some form is also species specific to mankind as well.
      Doug’s column represents a popular niche “hatred” in a Conservative newspaper that must maintain subscriptions because it would “hate” to go out of business — I have no animosity to ANY of that.
      However, what I do HATE is smug, self-righteous, arrogant hypocrisy when there is abuse of the poor, downtroden and disenfranchised — especially by those who profess a spiritual calling to minister to them.

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  6. Mikeasell says:

    Ok. Now that the election is over and people can now have a chance to perhaps be logical about immigration we may be able to come up with a solution that is between amnesty for everyone and concentrations camps, yes, this was proposed by Mr. Chaffetz.
    First, a few clarifications that will bring down the white supremacist and racial victim mentalities that polarize this issue:

    It’s not a matter of illegal and citizens. Many people are caught in between- expired visas while applying for status adjustment, married a us citizen legally and the paperwork is not back, student waiting for work visa, conditional resident, permanent resident, military personnel here illegally but legal as long as they are in the military, dream act kids, etc
    So it’s not all one rule that is being broken, it’s a greyscale mess.

    Immigration is a civil matter. Not a criminal one. That means that we can remove the label “criminals”, unless you want to apply it to yourself when you go over the speed limit.

    Race vs Ethnicity: We MUST stop playing the race card, on both sides. Lumping “Latinos” in the debate is a very ingnorant approach from the GOP. Hispanic or Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. There are white Latinos, black Latinos, African Muslim Latinos, Asian Latinos. Most Latinos in the us illegally are of Mexican decent, so ignorantly they are all Mexicans to white people. The GOP must learn to separate Latino issues from illegal immigrant issues. Making immigration the ONLY issue comes across as ignorant pandering.
    America has always been a nation of immigrants. Always. And many of them came here with no papers. So lets stop this fantasy that America has always been Lilly white and only English speaking.
    It’s is how visas work:- vacation- student-conditional resident- permanent resident- citizen.
    The border needs to be closed,cut more importantly visas need to be enforced logically.
    With this out of the way, this is the logical solution:
    have non criminal that came legally but overstayed their visas pay a civil penalty to extend their visa for 2-3 years. They can then work to become conditional residents during that time, if they don’t their visa expired and then deportation can take place.

    Have “dreamers” pay a heftier penalty if they were never here legally. Give them 3-5. Years on a temporary visa to get their education and work lined up,Chen apply to be a conditional resident, then after a few years a permanent one then after a few more a citizen. It’s is how the system works now.
    Illegal that pay taxes pay a higher fine. If after 1-3 years they have paid taxes,crept civil and criminal laws, registered, etc they can apply for a temporary visa and work from there.
    Illegals with a criminal records. Have to go before a judge they are either given 1 year to leave the country of arrange for helty fines if the law they broke was a misdemeanor type.
    Criminals: out, no work, jail for the crime they committed.

    This solution would raise billions in payments to our economy. No one would get a free ride. Both parties could agree. It may mean that tea party bigots and the few amnesty for all folks are unhappy, but who cares, they are a small majority that only gets on tv because they are radical, but do not represent the vast majority of Americans.

  7. Denise says:

    It sounds good, but, Hispanics are not the only minority group this involves. As a matter of fact, Hispanics is a really broad term to use when you are talking about people from Central American and South American countries, as well as people from Mexico. I think this the rhetoric needs to stop generalizing on who the undocumented people are.

    • Mikeasell says:

      Hispanics is a well accepted term, used by the government in the census to describe people from Latin America. Sure, you can split hairs as to whether brazilians are really Hispanics, but it is a politically and ethnically acceptable term to use. Among Hispanics, which I am, it is commonly used when describing Latin Americans and Central Americans. I agree, this issue also appeals to the many Chinese, Canadians, Pakistanis, Indians, etc who are caught in the middle of this mess, but for most white Americans, particularly in Utah, it’s one step out of time.We don’t want anyone’s head to explode with culture or education! :)

  8. Stormin Norman says:

    Why not try to enforce our laws (with E verify laws with severe penalties) and force unemployed to take the jobs illegals do or forget about unemployment insurance and welfare. Illegals break our laws and are a drain on our welfare state with their own families and the families of citizens they take jobs from. If we keep giving law breakers a fast track to citizenship where do we end up —– a country of law breakers that come here for the welfare state we have created. I think we are far along on that track already!

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