Republican Group Admits We Need Immigration Reform

Supporting a ‘path to citizenship’ for undocumented immigrants has proved toxic in the Republican presidential race. This is despite around three quarters of Americans supporting it, including a majority of Republicans.

Senator John McCain backed away from his past support for immigration reform in the Republican primaries in 2007. Now Rick Perry is being assailed for supporting tuition discounts for children of undocumented immigrants who attend Texas colleges. One reason Chris Christie may have not entered the race is because of his support for immigration reform.

McCain and other Congressional Republicans have instead said “border security first.” But although President Obama and Janet Napolitano are deporting and detaining record numbers, all observers agree that a Republican-dominated Congress is not going to pass any version of a ‘path to citizenship’ anytime soon if at all.

America’s Voice recently published a report about the Republican Party’s stance on immigration, ‘Why Do Elephants Put Their Heads in the Sand?‘.

Says Executive Director, Frank Sharry:

“With immigration a minor issue for a majority of non-Latino voters, and a defining, personal issue for a majority of Latino voters, the GOP’s position on immigration makes no sense.  It was bad politics in 2008 and 2010, and given the continued growth of the Latino vote, it will be suicidal in 2012 and beyond.”

Now a Republican group in California, The Lincoln Club of Orange County, a respected 40-year-old group of GOP business people, has broken with the Republican norm, to call for immigration reform.

The group admits that the call is driven by a need to attract the fast-growing Latino population, which have left the Republicans over the hard-line immigration stance.

“Our hope is that this provides a starting point for Republicans and Latinos to find common ground on immigration solutions that respect the rule of law, secure our borders, and afford future immigrants and those who are already here a fair pathway to legal residency,” said Lincoln Club President Robert Loewen.

“Democrats who were in control of Congress for two years under President Obama did nothing to reform our broken immigration system, except to deport more than a million illegal immigrants,” Teresa Hernandez, chairwoman of the Lincoln Club’s Immigration Reform Subcommittee. “Republicans have an opportunity to be leaders on this issue by replacing our antiquated, quota-driven immigration system with a 21st century one that embraces the free-market demand for jobs.”

Read the Club’s policy statement.

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The GOP’s Two Faces on Immigration

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Andrea Connelly
Andrea Connelly4 years ago

David A. And may the Holy Spirit work through you. Amen.
I am with the "eagles" and their hurting.

Andrea Connelly
Andrea Connelly4 years ago

Good one Elizabeth!. Sending green star.

Mark Stevenson
Mark S.4 years ago

Legalize all illegal immigrants. Make sure they get a job, Make all employers pay AT LEAST the FEDERAL minimum wage. Stop letting employers pay slave wages. Slavery in this country was abolished. But yet it still happens.

Steve Trammell
Steve Trammell4 years ago

Reform and compassion, especially for the children brought here while infants.

Jim Gayden
Jim Gayden4 years ago

I would have to say that since the European Americans came here and kicked the Latino Americans off of their homeland, and forced them onto the reservation that we choose to call Mexico, that they should be allowed to come and go as they please with no repercussions.

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K.4 years ago

clara, if the eagles are sick, we should help them. They are our national symbol after all.

clara H.
Clara Hamill4 years ago

I think the illeagles should go home your only making it easier for them to sneak over it's not far for the people that live here.

Pamela H.
Pamela H.4 years ago

Why do you have a photo of a suffering elephant imprisoned by humans, in a story about humans? It breaks my heart to see her suffering so.

Joan Hanlon
Joan H.4 years ago

I think someone got their polls mixed up. It was 70% against reform, I don't believe it has done a 180. How many more amnesties are we going to have? It only encourages more illegal immigration.

Arrchie B.
Arrchie B.4 years ago

There are 3,200,000 3.2 MILLION JOBS OPENINGS ??

This is whats slowing employment, not the poor food picking migrants.
More Jobs Predicted for MACHINES. Not Humans,



The whole thing is perplexing to people who don't understand that being an illegal immigrant in and of itself is not a crime. The most pervasive comments made in news stories about Secure Communities go a little like this: "Illegal immigrants are what they're called — they're considered criminals by mere definition. Illegals who broke a bunch of laws to enter and live here should be subjected to immediate arrest and deportation — that's fair for everyone."

That's not accurate, but a lot of people have that same misunderstanding — even law enforcement professionals.

During a teleconference last month on the troubles that Secure Communities is bringing to local law enforcement agencies, a few sheriffs on the call commiserated about their misunde