Immigration Reform – Part II
Today we continue our look at Immigration Reform Efforts that are going on right now in the United States. Today, we will look at the Texas Republican Party’s new stance on immigration law.While other states (such as Arizona and Alabama) in the past few years have enacted controversial immigration laws (which some critics claim violate basic human rights), Texas has largely refrained from enacting such broad bills against illegal immigrants. During this time, debate has raged within Texas (as it has across the nation) on what the solution is for the state and national issues surrounding immgration.
According to this article, last week at the State Republican Convention, Texas Republicans voted for a more moderate stance on immigration reform to be included in their official party platform. This platform, while calling for stronger border enforcement also included more moderate stances–including advocating a national guest worker program that would affect potentially hundreds of thousands of migrant workers by giving them work permits, and advocating alternatives to the current system of mass deportations of illegal immigrants.
While the members of the party could not agree on all of the particulars of what these stances would look like (e.g. what alternatives would there be to mass deportations, how would they increase border security without increasing the size of the national government, and how would a guest worker program work in practical terms), the fact that the Texas Republican Party was able to agree on even these more moderate stances towards immigration reform shows that the tide is shifting in terms of public perception of immigration reform. As we noted yesterday, a large number of evangelical Christian leaders are now calling for comprehensive immigration reform, and these evangelical Christians are the same group that heavily supports the Republican Party.
Though proponents of immigration reform may not think that Texas Republicans came very far in making these more moderate statements about immigration reform, the important thing to note is that they did make a move towards moderate approches to immigration reform. This move could prove significant, as many other smaller states are likely to follow Texas’ lead since Texas holds so much power internally within the national Republican Party.
We’ll look tomorrow at what other states are doing in terms of immigration reform.
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