Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The GOP's "Pledge to America" on Immigration

You've probably heard about the Republican Party's “A Pledge to America." The pledge includes several points on immigration. Read the full pledge here. Below are the excerpts on immigration.

OUR PLAN FOR NATIONAL AND BORDER SECURITY
Providing for the common defense is a not just a priority or political imperative – it is a Constitutional duty. National security is more than just war fighting: it is protecting our citizens, bringing certainty to an uncertain world, supporting those who volunteer in the service of their country and defend our way of life, using every tool to protect Americans from threats at our borders....

Establish Operational Control of the Border: We must take action to secure our borders, and that action starts with enforcing our laws. We will ensure that the Border Patrol has the tools and authorities to establish operational control at the border and prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from interfering with Border Patrol enforcement activities on federal lands.

Work with State and Local Officials to Enforce Our Immigration Laws: The problem of illegal immigration and Mexican drug cartels engaged in an increasingly violent conflict means we need all hands on deck to address this challenge. We will reaffirm the authority of state and local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of all federal immigration laws.

Strengthen Visa Security: To stop terrorists like Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day bomber, we will require the Department of Homeland Security to review all visa applications at high-risk consular posts and prevent aliens from attempting to avoid deportation after having their visas revoked.

Kudos to Professor Greg Weeks at UNC Charlotte who posted these on his blog. Weeks feels these measures would “entail larger government, more spending, and more judicial activism.”

What do you think?

4 comments:

Joshua said...

I see one proposal there; reviewing visa applications...So that's it? Rhetoric and soundbites? Wow! I'm sold!

Ghoul said...

I think its time for Professor Weeks to get of the taxpayer teat and find a real job he can handle. I believe there is an opening at the Pizza Hut on Independence Blvd.

JimBfromNC said...

Joshua, you did not really expect proposals, did you? Frank Luntz invented the science behind GOP "messages" (which are merely market-tested advertising ploys so they can garner voters for their corporate shills).

There is no need for proposals. These politicians have no intention of doing anything other than what they are directed to do by their bosses, "We, the corporations who fund Tea Party events and publicity through Dick Armey's lobbying firm."

ThaQueenCity said...

They work for ME!

At least SOMEBODY is adressing the issue most Americans feel are #2 on our list.....

I am sure most Dems won't like them because it means they would be forced to send their help home or get'em legal....