What Should the GOP Policy on Immigration Be?

What Should the GOP Policy on Immigration Be?

A discussion between F.H. Buckley and Matthew Walther at the American Spectator illustrates the debate occuring within the GOP over immigration policy.

“[A] word on how immigration reform should be evaluated. The test should be whether immigrants to the U.S. outperform—in earnings, education, or whatever—immigrants to other countries. We should be getting the cream of the crop, but we’re not. Rather, we’re screening for Democrats,” says Buckley.

“A few years ago I was in Japan for two months, and I never went so far as the convenience store down the road from my hotel without my passport. It stands to reason: I am clearly not Japanese. Only once, walking alone at night in a small city, was I asked by one of the local flatfoots to produce this document. It did not occur to me that there was anything strange about such a demand,” says Walther.

“Progressives who whinge about police officers in Arizona suspecting that someone who cannot speak English and does not possess some form of government-issued identification just might be in the country illegally would never decry the enormity of an experience like mine with that good-natured cop in Shiga Prefecture.”

Silicon Valley Ready to Push Amnesty

“The tech industry is beginning a full-throttle push for immigration reform now that the government shutdown fight is over. Silicon Valley groups and top executives like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are planning a flurry of events and media campaigns aimed at pressuring the House to vote on immigration bills before the end of the year,” The Hill reports.

“The renewed push for action will include “fly-in” trips to Washington, print and social media campaigns and even a “hackathon” event in Silicon Valley that will be headlined by big names in the industry. The political advocacy group co-founded by Zuckerberg is also ramping up its efforts.”

Chamber of Commerce Wants A Conference Committee Amnesty

“I don’t think they’ll pass a great big comprehensive bill. I think they’ll pass three of four things,” [Chamber of Commerce President Tom] Donohue said in an interview.

“Donohue said he is hopeful the House and Senate will ‘go to conference, [and]have the president sign’ immigration reform quickly,” Buzzfeed reported.

“What does any of that mean? Donohue’s sounding more amenable to the House conservatives’ approach to immigration reform, splitting up enforcement provisions (easily passed in the House) from legalization provisions (not as easily), not allowing a conference committee to merge the proposals. Josten is talking up the conference committee without making demands,” says Dave Weigel in Slate.

Amnesty Supporters Ramping Up

“With the brutal fiscal fight now in Capitol Hill’s rearview mirror, immigration reform advocates from across the spectrum are ramping up the pressure on lawmakers to pass a far-reaching overhaul this year,” Politico reports.

“The more aggressive wing of the [amnesty]community is launching a ‘week of escalation’ that will target the top three House GOP leaders and roughly two dozen other Republican lawmakers. Their goal is a vote on immigration reform this year. And the Evangelical Immigration Table is releasing a letter Monday signed by top faith leaders — a missive that comes amid a nationwide prayer blitz for reform.”


About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    @Tncdel—You are right! Make it ‘inconvenient’ not convenient , strict not lenient, deterrents rather incentives. ..and so on. I know there are policymakers who believe it is incumbent upon them to make this ‘community’ of lawbreakers—comfortable, make live easier, and help facilitate their lives because it is the humane, the right thing to do. Sound familiar? Mr B.O. spouts off the same nonsense– They author legislation, policies, ordinances that benefit illegal aliens ALL at the expense of taxpayers! It is an outrage. Look at what’s happening in California—if you have doubts. Home 3mill illegals, this state is headed towards bankruptcy and their CA Democrat Majority in State Legislature are useless, listening to pro-amnesty groups rather than their Constituents. Despicable. Special Order 7 was reinstated! It helps UNDOCUMENTED UNAUTHORIZED illegal drivers to obtain their vehicles from impoundment! The City government and Chief of Police think its unfair, as these people are poor, etc… Ridiculous! No one is talking about how it is against state law to drive if you are in the U.S. unlawfully! Help California—or your state may suffer the same . Thanks.

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    Too late…..GOP is on its way to extinction…….if you do no believe me go to the new High Schools and Universities………..people of all types………………..they are obsolete…………

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    The GOP needs to concentrate on an enforcement only solution at this point. Immediate deportation of everyone who is here illegally whether they’ve been here 30 years or 30 minutes. No hearings or waiting for months/years. Schools should have the right to ask about parent’s legal status when children are registered for school. Repeal birthright citizenship and the child is a citizen of whatever country that their parent is legally a citizen of. That would eliminate the anchor baby issue.

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    If they are here illegally or the children of illegal they belong in jail or preferably in Mexico. The 30% of Americans that actually pay taxes are already overburdened; we cannot afford more deadbeats.

    Too many of these illegals are committing crimes against Americans. It is these illegals that make up the bulk of the estimated 100-million illegals and anchor babies in this country. Just like in Mexico they bring their crime, drugs, and over population with them. NO to welfare benefits; NO to free health and education; NO to food cards; NO to free or subsidized housing, and NO jobs!

    China has the best policy; YOU DON’T WORK, YOU DON’T EAT!

    I had to work and pay for my own education. It is not my job or moral responsibility to support criminals that Obama wants just to get more votes.Without the illegals it would be much harder for Obama to succeed in his quest to be king over an Islam state.

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    Make all illegals want to go home.No welfare, education, jobs or dwellings. Stop the anchor baby nonsense. Stop all immigration legal and illegal for at least 5 years and maybe we can figure it out. We allow far too many legal immigrants into our country. Stop the immigration from countries that mean to do us harm.

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    This is rediculos to have to mess around with this crap. With good American leadership it waould be a different story!

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    A foreigner who sneaks into the U.S. to pillage and plunder it economically and otherwise is an INVADER, not an immigrant. 
    This is about DOMESTIC NATIONAL DEFENSE against a foreign invasion. 
    Anyone with an IQ above that of a turnip should be able to realize that amnesty would only serve to attract millions more job-stealing illegals here. 
    The ONLY way to stop the illegal alien invasion: MAKE THINGS AS TOUGH AS POSSIBLE on the illegals, so they will self-deport back to Mexico, etc. at their own expense because they get to hate it here so much. We certainly can’t afford to deport over 20 million illegals. Plus most would only come right back if we tried.

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    Enforce current laws fully for 10 years. Let’s see where we are then. Enforce employer of illegals sanctions and fines, punish them and ANY politicians that allow or encourage AMNESTY. Done.

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      william bentinck on

      Yes , that is the simple solution. Enforce the existing laws to enforce the border and deport illegal invaders without the nonsense of detaining them for months waiting for approval by a judge. If they are illegal get out!!. Deny all benefits to illegals and enforce e-verify seriously and most will self-deport and maybe not continue to cost us $113 billion a year. Also repeal anchor babies, chain migration, visa lottery.

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    Its Very Simple What The GOP and Democrat Poilcy On Immigration Should Be, as a Federal Employee

    When they raised their right hand and swore their oath to office, they promised to “defend the Constitution of the United States”…..that CLEARLY includes the immigration laws currently on the books.

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    A “prayer blitz for reform”? The same “reform” that will flood this country with visa workers at all levels and drive the working class further into poverty? Gee, I’m sure everyone is grateful for your “compassion”.