The story in The Hill today is that the the GOP is concerned that Donald Trump is tarnishing their brand. The patina has long sense been breached on the Republicans. Yet, lets start with Donald Trump’s allegation that Mexicans, referring to those 11+ million illegals and those continuing to enter the country illegally are criminals, rapists, and a genuine bad lot of people. Most are not, of course, although some may be.
Making broad generalizations such as did Trump is something that others have done in his party and among the GOP flock. The fact is that they are correct that illegal immigrants are a problem and that managing the legacy is something that must be addressed. So, why have they not addressed the problem?
Trump wants to build a wall with Mexico and he wants Mexicans to pay for it. What does he have in mind? Would it be a wall of casinos or a wall of wholesale and retail outlets, a giant get-away to cheap goods for Americans. That might reverse the flow.
The solution to immigration reform requires several things and Congress and the President knows it, and so does el presidente.
- Address systemic economic causes on the Mexican side of the border.
- Stop the flow of illegal immigrants by securing the border more effectively.
- Process the 11+ million illegals to either qualify for American citizenship or for deportation at once.
- Support the vast number of illegal immigrants to successfully complete their settlement as welcomed citizens.
- Correct legislation with specific guidance and requirements to manage the plethora of legacy issues.
- Reconcile the cost and benefits of managing the immigration backlog to an optimal outcome with the American people.
Those actions are what Donald Trump has brought to light. Now, which of his fellow party member contestants have addressed these needs?
Trump threw out a couple of solutions that are incomplete.
Jeb Bush has had much to say about immigration. Here is a link that summarizes his thoughts with sources: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Jeb_Bush_Immigration.htm
Here is Jeb Bush’s proposal:
“A Proposal for Immigration ReformFundamental Reform: Comprehensive interrelated approach because system as a whole is broken, and to achieve bipartisan consensus.
A Demand-Driven Immigration System: Replace overriding preference for family reunification with work-based immigration.
An Increased Role for the States: Share federal authority over immigration policy [such as] social services and providing benefits.
Dealing With Current Illegal Immigrants: We propose a path to permanent legal resident status for those who plead guilty to having entered our country illegally as adults and who have committed no additional crimes of significance.
Border Security: Broader immigration reform is an essential component of border security; we can’t do one without the other.
Toward a More Vibrant Future: Getting immigration policy right will allow us to reclaim the prosperity that in recent years has eluded our grasp.”
Here is Rand Paul on immigration: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rand_Paul_Immigration.htm
In a nutshell: “We will find a place for illegal immigrants in America.”
Hillary Clinton on immigration:
“I co-sponsored comprehensive immigration reform in 2004. So I’ve been on record on behalf of this for quite some time. Representing New York, the home of the Statue of Liberty, bringing all of our immigrants to our shores, has been not only an extraordinary privilege, but given me the opportunity to speak out on these issues. When the House passed the most mean-spirited provision that said, if you were to give any help whatsoever to someone here illegally, you would commit a crime, I stood up and said that would have criminalized the Good Samaritan and Jesus Christ himself. I have been on record on this against this kind of demagoguery, this mean-spiritedness. It is something that I take very personally, because I have not only worked on behalf of immigrants; I have been working to make conditions better for many years. But let’s do it in a practical, realistic approach.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate in Los Angeles before Super Tuesday , Jan 31, 2008”
Just do it.