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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 12.18.12
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FRANK BERNHEISEL

GOP Platform 2012, Part Two

A second look at the Republican voters demographics that led to the substantial defeat of the Romney/Ryan presidential ticket.

"We have got to stop dividing the American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent;" Gov. Bobby Jindal said.

Romney received less than 29 percent of the Latino vote and less than 27 percent of the Asian vote. The reason may have something to do with the Rs policies about immigration. It could get worse as both groups are increasing their percentage of the U.S. population. According to the U.S Census, white families have 0.61 children under 18, while Latino and Asian have 1.12 and 0.66 respectively. More kids equal more voters -- duh.

The excerpt below is from Page 25 of the Republican Platform 2012 with some comments by me in italics. Sorry that the attachment is so long but the reader should have her/his own experience with the platform's sanctimonious claptrap.

The Rule of Law: Legal Immigration

The greatest asset of the American economy is the American worker. Just as immigrant labor helped build our country in the past, today's legal immigrants are making vital contributions in every aspect of our national life. Their industry and commitment to American values strengthens our economy, enriches our culture, and enables us to better understand and more effectively compete with the rest of the world.

  • We are off to a great start here, and I am not being sarcastic; we are a country of immigrants and we recognize their contributions.
Illegal immigration undermines those benefits and affects U.S. workers. In an age of terrorism, drug cartels, human trafficking, and criminal gangs, the presence of millions of unidentified persons in this country poses grave risks to the safety and the sovereignty of the United States. Our highest priority, therefore, is to secure the rule of law both at our borders and at ports of entry. We recognize that for most of those seeking entry into this country, the lack of respect for the rule of law in their homelands has meant economic exploitation and political oppression by corrupt elites. In this country, the rule of law guarantees equal treatment to every individual, including more than one million immigrants to whom we grant permanent residence every year.
  • The record on immigration law is not pretty. The Chinese Exclusion Act was passed in 1882, and with revisions allowed the U.S. to suspend Chinese immigration, a ban that was intended to last 10 years. It was repealed in 1943. So much for honoring the contribution of those that built the railroads. The point is that enforcing bad laws is bad policy; and 'illegal' can just be a contrivance to play to someone's biases.
That is why we oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it. Granting amnesty only rewards and encourages more law breaking.
  • First, I would like to point out that we have an attempt to use vocabulary, 'illegal' and 'amnesty', to create a moral issue. We are all for morality, it just looks different based upon one's beliefs. Second, the U.S. has about 11 million undocumented immigrants, most came not to engage in terrorism, drugs, etc, but to work and support families by doing jobs in the fields and slaughterhouses that many Americans refuse. Finally, in 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act. The act made eligible for permanent residency (and eventual citizenship) 3 million unauthorized migrants who had lived in the United States continuously since at least January 1, 1982.
We support the mandatory use of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (S.A.V.E.) program-an internet-based system that verifies the lawful presence of applicants-prior to the granting of any State or federal government entitlements or IRS refunds. We insist upon enforcement at the workplace through verification systems so that jobs can be available to all legal workers. Use of the E-verify program-an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and identity of employees-must be made mandatory nationwide. State enforcement efforts in the workplace must be welcomed, not attacked.
  • Instead of freedom for individuals, the Republicans are advocating using the power of the federal and state governments to intrude into the lives of individuals by authorizing arbitrary demands for 'papers' and other forms of harassment. Also, this adds a group of regulatory requirements on small businesses and farmers. It is small businesses and farmers that hire most immigrants for unskilled and low skill jobs.
When Americans need jobs, it is absolutely essential that we protect them from illegal labor in the workplace. In addition, it is why we demand tough penalties for those who practice identity theft, deal in fraudulent documents, and traffic in human beings. It is why we support Republican legislation to give the Department of Homeland Security long-term detention authority to keep dangerous but undeportable aliens off our streets, expedite expulsion of criminal aliens, and make gang membership a deportable offense.
  • It would appear that the answer to poorly crafted and unworkable laws is more of the same. When beating the dead horse does not work, beat it harder. I wonder how many of those drafting this Platform have ethnic yard workers and nannies?
The current Administration's approach to immigration has undermined the rule of law at every turn. It has lessened work-site enforcement -- and even allows the illegal aliens it does uncover to walk down the street to the next employer -- and challenged legitimate State efforts to keep communities safe, suing them for trying to enforce the law when the federal government refuses to do so. It has created a backdoor amnesty program unrecognized in law, granting worker authorization to illegal aliens, and shown little regard for the life-and-death situations facing the men and women of the Border Patrol. Perhaps worst of all, the current Administration has failed to enforce the legal means for workers or employers who want to operate within the law.
  • Fact Check: During the Bush administration deportations rose from 188,000 to 360,000 per year. The Obama administrations has exceeded that every year and hit 393,000 last year. The current Administration cut the number of returns in half reducing the net gain of immigrants. Of course, the great recession helped. The number of border control agents increased sharply during the Bush administration and continued to increase during the Obama administration.
In contrast, a Republican Administration and Congress will partner with local governments through cooperative enforcement agreements in Section 287g of the Immigration and Nationality Act to make communities safer for all and will consider, in light of both current needs and historic practice, the utility of a legal and reliable source of foreign labor where needed through a new guest worker program. We will create humane procedures to encourage illegal aliens to return home voluntarily, while enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas.
  • Surely they jest. The 11 million undocumented are going to abandon jobs and homes in the U.S. and return to where they come from. Ahh, maybe they are proposing a humane incentive program where the U.S. government pays for the immigrants to leave. Let's see 11 million times $.... And what about the economic loss of about 4 million workers, the taxes they pay, the stuff they buy, etc. even if they are part of the informal economy.
State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked. The pending Department of Justice lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, and Utah must be dismissed immediately. The double-layered fencing on the border that was enacted by Congress in 2006, but never completed, must finally be built. In order to restore the rule of law, federal funding should be denied to sanctuary cities that violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, and federal funding should be denied to universities that provide instate tuition rates to illegal aliens, in open defiance of federal law. We are grateful to the thousands of new immigrants, many of them not yet citizens, who are serving in the Armed Forces.
  • We are grateful, but we are not grateful enough to do anything -- grant citizenship for example.
Their patriotism should encourage us all to embrace the newcomers legally among us, assist their journey to full citizenship, and help their communities avoid isolation from the mainstream of society. To that end, while we encourage the retention and transmission of heritage tongues, we support English as the nation's official language, a unifying force essential for the educational and economic advancement of-not only immigrant communities -- but also our nation as a whole.
  • The Platform started with something I agree with and so it ends. English as a language common to all Americans brings us together and makes the country stronger both economically but culturally.
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