Photo: RNC on Immigration
The Grand Old Party of Republicans had their annual summer planning meeting and passed several policy resolutions including one on immigration reform yesterday.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) recognized that current immigration laws are “obsolete public policy” and urged its Congressional members to pass immigration reform before the end of the year.
That’s the good news.
You ask what type of immigration legislation - well of course one that does not include a path to citizenship for the nearly 12 million undocumented. They have agreed to grant work permits without prosecution for being in the U.S. illegally.
The resolution would “allow foreign nationals who are currently in the country and have not violated any other laws of the U.S. to come forward and register and be allowed to remain and work in the U.S.” The work permit is not a permanent permission but rather one that is renewed every two years and should someone be unemployed for two months or more they must leave the country.
Can anyone say “self-deportation”?
The GOP was marginally more generous with undocumented youth currently protected from deportation with the deferred act known as DACA. No citizenship for you either but we will let you work and check in with us every five years instead of two years.
The party of Republican Senator Marco Rubio did include lots of border security goodies in its immigration resolution from completion of border fence regardless of cost, increased militarization of border and mandatory E-verify for all employers. In their specific language they noted that “the presence of millions of unidentified persons in our country poses a grave national security risk.”
The RNC’s immigration resolution on immigration is quite different than the Senate bill that passed with bipartisan support that included an 11-year path to citizenship.
Click here to read the entire RNC immigration resolution as passed.