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Editorial: The Texas solution on immigration
George RodriguezJune 27, 2012 | 1,114 views | 1 comment
Late last Friday, June 8, the Texas Republican Party adopted a state platform that supports a federal guest worker program for aliens to enter the United States to work. The proposed program is being called the “Texas Solution,” because it addresses the illegal immigration issue from a local perspective (since Obama refuses to propose any real solutions).
The program is important because it avoids mass deportation, and prevents mass amnesty. Furthermore, it is a conservative, market- and law-based approach to our nation’s immigration quandary.
For the past few years, liberals have used emotions and political pandering as their tools to craft any immigration solution. However, this GOP proposal is put together with logic, common sense, and the rule of law. The platform has four major points:
1. Secure the U.S. borders and the nation.
2. Modernize the federal Social Security card with anti-counterfeit technology, but not to be used as a national ID card for U.S. citizens.
3. Begin the “conversation” to clarify Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to limit citizenship by birth to those born to a citizen of the United States with no exceptions, and without retroactive removal of citizenship.
4. Create a temporary worker program to bring skilled and unskilled workers into the United States for temporary periods of time when no U.S. workers are currently available.
This program should also require:
•Self-funding through participation fees and fines;
•Applicants must pass a full criminal background check;
•Applicants with prior immigration violations would only qualify for the program if they paid the appropriate fines;
•Applicants and/or employers must prove that they can afford and/or secure private health insurance;
•Applicants must waive any and all rights to apply for financial assistance from any public entitlement programs;
•Applicant must show a proficiency in the English language and complete an American civic class;
•Temporary workers would only be able to work for employers that deduct and match payroll taxes;
•All participants would be issued an individual Temporary-Worker Biometric Identification Card that tracks all address changes and both civil and criminal court appearances as a defendant.
Liberals are always claiming conservatives are “anti-immigrant,” but here is a logical and practical approach to the immigration issues and needs of our nation. It avoids mass deportation, which would be costly and impractical, it prevents the breakup of families, and it does not create any amnesty programs.
Strict enforcement of immigration law and oversight of the temporary worker program will be important to the success of this program. However, the GOP and conservatives have placed a proposal on the table. It is not a one-sided conversation anymore. Importantly, it will keep many Hispanics from being used as political pawns by liberals and Democrats.
George Rodriguez is president of the South Texas Political Alliance, a conservative political advocacy organization that addresses state and local issues.
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