Immigration - What the GOP can learn from Rick Perry

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If the GOP wants to win and stay ahead, then the GOP leadership needs to reconsider its position on immigration issues. These two links explain why.


Editorial: Immigration rhetoric disconnected from reality
In fact, the crackdown on illegal immigration is already producing unintended consequences. States such as Alabama and Georgia that have passed tough anti-immigrant laws are finding that businesses are suddenly desperate for the labor that undocumented workers used to supply. Hard-liners such as Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, are now calling for a broad new guest worker program to provide enough labor to allow farmers to harvest their crops.

That's sensible — but only as part of a comprehensive reform that also includes border security, workplace enforcement and a path to legality for undocumented immigrants who have lived, worked and paid their taxes in this country for years. Such a measure nearly passed Congress in 2007 with strong support from President Bush, Perry's predecessor as Texas governor. Something about serving in Austin must give Republicans a dose of pragmatism and compassion — the antidote to others who needlessly insist on being caustic and harsh.
Column: GOP is missing opportunity with Latinos
Conservatives should connect with Latinos by suggesting that they follow the example of immigrant Irish, Italians, Jews and Asians — all of whom faced nativist hostility and economic hardships but managed to advance through hard work, education and the affirmation of historic American values. After all, Latinos didn't struggle to get here from less fortunate nations in order to replicate the dysfunctional political and social patterns of their homelands. They came so that their children at least could become Americans, benefiting from the sense of American exceptionalism that makes many contemporary liberals uncomfortable.

The main obstacle to Republican success in building Hispanic support based on boosting family and assimilation stems from the unfortunate GOP association with harsh, anti-immigrant extremism that undermines those very ideals. The agitation for mass deportations separating undocumented parents from their American-born, U.S. citizen children hardly demonstrates a respect for enduring family values. And immigrants face no more formidable hurdle to their ultimate assimilation than current rules that give them no chance to work for legal status if they arrived without authorization — no matter how long they've lived in this country, how hard they've worked and how fervently they seek to pursue the American dream. Fortunately, Texas Gov. Rick Perry seems to understand that an angry, unforgiving tone on the immigration debate will prevent Latino voters from recognizing how much they actually share with the GOP on other issues. All serious challengers to President Obama should begin to make the case more effectively that Hispanics belong in the GOP, not because Republicans offer them targeted concessions or special privileges, but because the conservative stress on stable, traditional families and rapid assimilation into American life offers the best chances for dignity, progress and prosperity for Americans of every national origin.
 
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If the GOP wants to win and stay ahead, then the GOP leadership needs to reconsider its position on immigration issues. These two links explain why.


Editorial: Immigration rhetoric disconnected from reality


Column: GOP is missing opportunity with Latinos
With 9.1 % unemployment, in the US, and a huge number of underemployed, a guest worker program should be off the table. If the GOP is serious about creating jobs a simple answer is not to provide more employment for illegals and foreign workers, but to make these low paying jobs more attractive to domestic workers.
 
Aug 2010
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With 9.1 % unemployment, in the US, and a huge number of underemployed, a guest worker program should be off the table. If the GOP is serious about creating jobs a simple answer is not to provide more employment for illegals and foreign workers, but to make these low paying jobs more attractive to domestic workers.
Disagreed that isolationism, protectionism and anti-immigrant policies are good for our economy.

Also disagreed that government creates jobs. It doesn't except in the limited case of a bloated bureaucracy.
 
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If the GOP wants to win and stay ahead, then the GOP leadership needs to reconsider its position on immigration issues. These two links explain why.


Editorial: Immigration rhetoric disconnected from reality


Column: GOP is missing opportunity with Latinos
That's a lot of sense ///// BTE DW did you know that there are millions of us Eastern / and Central Europeans who came here also ? And we faced all sorts of crap not only from the old line eatablished Wasps but from the Irish who somehow "forgot" the "IRISH NEED NOT APPLY signs......
 

Macduff

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Immigration is a healthy influx of new blood into the nation. Uncontrolled immigration is not. Every sovereign nation has a right to control it's borders. No one is entitled to citizenship just because they could make the trip.
It's an insult to latino voters to assume that the millions of legal immigrants who went through the process automatically show solidarity with illegal immigrants who cut in line just because they're the same race.
 
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That's a lot of sense ///// BTE DW did you know that there are millions of us Eastern / and Central Europeans who came here also ? And we faced all sorts of crap not only from the old line eatablished Wasps but from the Irish who somehow "forgot" the "IRISH NEED NOT APPLY signs......
Too many Americans forget that, unless they are these guys, we're all immigrants.

 
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Dec 2010
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Immigration is a healthy influx of new blood into the nation. Uncontrolled immigration is not. Every sovereign nation has a right to control it's borders. No one is entitled to citizenship just because they could make the trip.
It's an insult to latino voters to assume that the millions of legal immigrants who went through the process automatically show solidarity with illegal immigrants who cut in line just because they're the same race.
Not only Latinos but virtually all of us legal immigrants I find it an insult to think that my parents who went through all of the jumping through hoops and stuff would want illegals to just be welcomed in. I was 2 1/2 when we got off the boat" literlly so I didn't do anything to get here just followed my parents. lol
 

michaelr

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If the GOP wants to win and stay ahead, then the GOP leadership needs to reconsider its position on immigration issues. These two links explain why.


Editorial: Immigration rhetoric disconnected from reality


Column: GOP is missing opportunity with Latinos
Perry is history as a candidate, you ever think his open border policies have something to do with that? I know the GOP loves to lower wages, but that's their problem

Study: Most new Texas jobs went to immigrants

Just one more reason Perry is a loser that really needs to bury his record.