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Resolution to Amend the Immigration Planks of the Republican Party of Texas Platform

Resolution to Amend the Immigration Planks of the Republican Party of Texas Platform

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Published by Duke Machado
This resolution is in response to feedback received by Hispanics reached during outreach events and initiatives. Currently, the verbiage in our Platform is crafted in a way that sends the wrong message to the Hispanic community as well as immigrants in general who come to America.
Our goal is to alter slightly the descriptive while keeping the intent of the Platform. We have listed the original text from page 27 of the RPT Platform, along with a revised version for your review.
If we truly want to engage the community and open our doors to all Conservatives, then we must have a Platform that resonates with those we’re trying so hard to reach. Please consider submitting this to your County Convention so it can be addressed at the State Convention.
This resolution is in response to feedback received by Hispanics reached during outreach events and initiatives. Currently, the verbiage in our Platform is crafted in a way that sends the wrong message to the Hispanic community as well as immigrants in general who come to America.
Our goal is to alter slightly the descriptive while keeping the intent of the Platform. We have listed the original text from page 27 of the RPT Platform, along with a revised version for your review.
If we truly want to engage the community and open our doors to all Conservatives, then we must have a Platform that resonates with those we’re trying so hard to reach. Please consider submitting this to your County Convention so it can be addressed at the State Convention.

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Resolution to Amend the Immigration Planksof the Republican Party of Texas Platform
This resolution is in response to feedback received by Hispanics reached duringoutreach events and initiatives. Currently, the verbiage in our Platform is craftedin a way that sends the wrong message to the Hispanic community as well asimmigrants in general who come to America.Our goal is to alter slightly the descriptive while keeping the intent of thePlatform. We have listed the original text from page 27 of the RPT Platform,along with a revised version for your review.If we truly want to engage the community and open our doors to all
Conservatives, then we must have a Platform that resonates with those we’re
trying so hard to reach. Please consider submitting this to your CountyConvention so it can be addressed at the State Convention.
 
BEFORE:Legal Immigration
 
 –
One nation, one flag, one language, one loyalty;America is a country of immigrants, we should insist that any immigrantwho comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilateshimself/herself to the United States. He/she shall be treated on an exactequality with everyone else. This is predicated upon the fact that the personis in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. There can beno divided allegiance. Anyone who says he is an American, but something
else also, isn’t American at all. We
have room but for one flag, the AmericanFlag. We have room for but one language here and that is the Englishlanguage. We have room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to theAmerican people. (Teddy Roosevelt, 1907)
Illegal Immigration
 
 –
Secure the Borders Now.With growing impatience the American people in overwhelming numbershave asked our Government to secure our borders. They now demand itand we as a party agree with the American people. Illegal aliens have bydefinition violated U.S. law. We oppose illegal immigration, amnesty in anyform leading to citizenship, or legal status for illegal immigrants. We
support an end to the “catch and release” policy; criminal penalties
andaggressive enforcement for those who knowingly employ illegal workers;expeditious hearings on deporting non-violent illegal immigrants; amendingthe U.S. constitution to suspend automatic U.S. citizenship to children bornto illegal immigrants; elimination of federal and state funding to cities with
“sanctuary” laws; empowering state and local law enforcement agencies
with authority and resources to detain illegal immigrants; rejection of non-verifiable foreign-issued cards as valid identification; strict prosecution of any entity involved in phony identification documents; elimination of daylabor work centers; elimination of laws requiring hospitals to give non-
emergency care to illegal’s; elimination of social security benefits or federal
and state
funding to illegal’s for
education, housing or business loans;preventing any foreign entity from using our judicial system to enter theUnited States; document verification prior to issuance of a Texas driverslicense; withholding federal highway funds from any state issuing driverslicenses to illegal aliens; and aggressive prosecution of persons smugglinghumans across our borders. We support requiring all employers to utilize E-verify system to confirm the legal status of all new hires.
Enforcement of Immigration Law
 
 –
We support strict and immediateenforcement of all immigration laws.
Birthright Citizenship
 
 –
We call on the Legislative, Executive and Judicialbranches of these United States to clarify Section 1 of the 14th amendmentto limit citizenship by birth to those born to a citizen of the United States:with no exceptions.
AFTER:Legal Immigration
 
 –
We support strong Legal Immigration.
 
America is a country of immigrants, we should insist that any immigrantwho comes here in good faith and follows the laws of the United States,shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else. This is predicatedupon the fact that the person, in every facet, abides by our laws.
Illegal Immigration
 
 –
We strongly oppose Illegal ImmigrationWith growing impatience the American people in overwhelming numbershave asked our Government to secure our borders. They now demand itand we as a party agree with the American people. Illegal immigrants haveby definition violated U.S. law. We oppose illegal immigration, includingamnesty in any form leading to citizenship.
We support:
1. An end to
the “catch and release” policy
 2. Criminal penalties and aggressive enforcement for those who knowinglyemploy illegal workers3. Expeditious hearings on deporting non-violent illegal immigrants4. Elimination of federal and state funding
to cities with “sanctuary” laws
 5. Empowering state and local law enforcement agencies with authority andresources to detain illegal immigrants6. Rejection of non-verifiable foreign-issued cards as valid identification7. Strict prosecution of any entity involved in phony identificationdocuments8. Elimination of day labor work centers9. Elimination of laws requiring hospitals to give non-emergency care toil
legal’s
 10. Elimination of social security benefits or federal and state funding to
illegal’s for educa
tion, housing or business loans11. Preventing any foreign entity from using our judicial system to enter theUnited States12. Document verification prior to issuance of a Texas
driver’s
license13. Withholding federal highway funds from any state issuing driverslicenses to illegal aliens14. Aggressive prosecution of persons smuggling humans across ourborders.15. Requiring all employers to utilize E-verify system to confirm the legalstatus of all new hires.
Enforcement of Immigration Law
 
 –
We support strict and immediateenforcement of all immigration laws.
Birthright Citizenship
 
 –
We call on the Legislative, Executive and Judicialbranches of these United States to clarify Section 1 of the 14th amendment.If after debate, it is agreed to limit citizenship by birth to those born to acitizen of the United States, then we agree to amend the 14
th
amendment.
 
 Resolution to Amend the Immigration Planksof the Republican Party of Texas Platform
Resolution 1.5By: Duke Machado / GOPisForMe
WHEREAS
, the current 2010 Republican Party of Texas Platform contains inconsistenciesand the tone of the language regarding immigration, contains verbiage that is offensiveto many in the Hispanic community, and
WHEREAS
, it is not a requirement for Legal Immigrants to become a United StatesCitizen, and
WHEREAS
, the reference quote from Theodore Roosevelt does not apply to LegalImmigration, and
WHEREAS
, the positions we support on the
“Ille
gal Immigration
plank, are not easy todistinguish as they are all written into one sentence comprised of one hundred and fiftywords, being difficult to follow, and
WHEREAS
,
Secure the Border Now
” does not state our Party’
s position on IllegalImmigration, and
WHEREAS
,
limiting citizenship by birth to those born to a citizen of the United States:with no exceptions,
” requires debate and discussion before altering,
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
that the attached policy on Legal immigration, IllegalImmigration and Birthright Citizenship, is adopted effective, ___________________.

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