Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Immigration and the Republican Party 2008

Although the issue of immigration was not addressed at the Republican National Convention last week. The party platform calls for a border fence, for making English the official language, and opposes any type of path to legalization, driver’s licenses, or in-state tuition rates...

As reported on this blog last week, the Republican party platform calls for reforming the way the Census is conducted to exclude individuals who are not US citizens. This would affect how the number of state representatives anointed in the House of Representatives. During the Republican convention amidst the news provoked by Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin it was easy to ignore the many issues that the convention failed to address. However, the Republican Party Platform continues to reveal more gritty details about the direction the party plans on taking if elected into office. The platform calls for a border fence, for making English the official language, opposes any type of path to legalization, driver’s licenses, or in-state tuition rates. It also denounces sanctuary cities.(Sanctuary cities are cities that that do not allow municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws, usually by not allowing police or municipal employees to inquire about immigration status) and proposes cutting their federal funding for refusing to cooperate. New York Daily columnist Albor Ruiz, expressed that the the Republican Platform is “a document so extreme it could have been written by the likes of Tom Tancredo.”

It still remains unclear whether John McCain and the Republican Party will succeed this November. To their credit the platform does make mention of immigrants serving in the armed forces and cites that their “patriotism is inspiring.” Meanwhile, John McCain’s “straight talk” has been replaced with rhetoric about border security and little talk of how to deal with immigrants who are residing in the country, many of whom now have children who are US- citizens. John McCain is attempting to court Latinos on one end by citing his previous record on immigration yet it seems his party plans to maintain the status quo when it comes to this issue.

See the full Republican Platform

See Albor Ruiz’ Column