The Republican Party’s platform for 2012 is taking shape this week, and according to National Journal, it calls for a guest-worker program, a plank that mirrors one adopted by Republicans in Texas early this summer.
The platform is also pro-life and anti-homosexual "marriage," which has angered the pro-abortion left, as exemplified on the editorial page of the New York Times.
Foreign Labor Over American Workers
Although the unemployment rate in the United States is 8.3 percent, Republicans would continue, given that most of these foreign workers will come from Mexico or Central America, inviting cheap labor — and new Democratic voters — into the country.
The National Journal reports that the platform “calls for a ‘legal and reliable source of foreign labor through a new guest-worker program.’ ” The man behind the plank is Brad Bailey. According to the National Journal:
"It wasn’t even attacked," crowed Brad Bailey, a Texas restaurateur who lobbied heavily for the inclusion of a guest-worker program in the document.
Bailey was expecting immigration hard-liners to go after the proposed temporary worker program because a standard GOP campaign line says that illegal immigrants are taking jobs from Americans. Businesses dispute that statement, saying there are many jobs (like roofing and fruit-picking) that Americans won't do.
The Republican platform also seeks long-term detention for "dangerous but undeportable aliens" and proposes to make gang membership a deportable offense. It is typical of electoral policy platforms to be vague on details — this isn't legislation, after all. It's the tone that counts. Note the crime-related wording when it comes to gangs and detention, reinforcing an idea important to Republicans: that they are tougher on illegal immigration than President Obama.
“Complaining about the problem is no longer working. Republicans need to lead in repairing our nation's immigration policy,” Bailey said on Monday in an e-mail to supporters of a guest-worker program.
The National Journal also named who in America wants to open the borders to cheap labor: GOP big businessmen:
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Photo: Francisco Chavez, right, owner of J. Chavez Harvesting LLC, cuts a broccoli stem in a field in Yuma, Ariz., in 2008, alongside field workers who are part of the federal guest-worker program.: AP Images