February 25, 2015

JUST CALL IT, REAGAN II:

By Standards Of Immigration Hawks, All 2016 GOP Contenders Support 'Amnesty' (JAMIE WEINSTEIN, 2/15/15, The Daily Caller)


[D]espite the issue garnering so much ink, the reality is every major candidate supports an immigration policy that includes an "amnesty," at least as defined by the GOP's most ardent and vocal immigration hawks.

Much has been made of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's support for a pathway to citizenship for most of the illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. But conservative grassroots stalwarts like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also envision some type of normalization for illegals living in the country.

Cruz has said he would support ultimately legalizing most of the undocumented immigrants in the country, though without providing a pathway to citizenship. [...]

At the Republican Governors Association meeting last fall, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who will be visiting South Carolina this week as he considers a 2016 presidential run, said a pathway to citizenship may be necessary.

"My sense is I don't like the idea of citizenship when people jump the line, [but] we may have to do it," he said. "It may be a laborious and tough process. I would never say we would never do it. ... At the end of the day it may be necessary."

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a less reluctant supporter of a pathway to citizenship.

"Once the border is secure, and not before, we should provide an opportunity for those who came here illegally seeking to work for a better life to gain legal status rather quickly, if and only if they are willing to do all that is required," he wrote in National Review in 2013. "We should deport immediately those who engage in criminal activity. We should bar those seeking public assistance from receiving welfare or unemployment benefits for a substantial period of time."

He continued: "As for a pathway to citizenship: For folks who came here illegally but are willing to gain proficiency in English, pay a fine, and demonstrate a willingness to assimilate, we should require them to work here and pay taxes for a substantial period of time after obtaining legal status before they have the opportunity to begin the process of applying for U.S. citizenship."

Posted by at February 25, 2015 12:57 PM
  

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