Utah GOP Immigration Platform Proposal

    Submitted per the GOP Bylaws: "Only amendments to the Platform and resolutions which have been submitted in writing with seconding endorsements from at least five state delegates other than the sponsor and received at the Republican State Party Headquarters by 5:00 p.m., 30 days before the Convention, shall be presented to the Platform/Resolution s Committee for review."
    As the Utah Republican Party Platform is currently silent on the incredible important, and currently prominent, issue of illegal immigration; the following is presented as a proposed addition to the Utah Republican Party Platform for consideration at the 2010 Utah Republican party Convention on May 8, 2010. The proposal resulted from discussions with many staunch Republicans and borrowed gratefully from the Republican Party platform of the Great State of Texas, (and CA, NV, NC, etc.)  and the sentiments of  Republican Party platforms since 1880.    
    This proposed platform addition has been on the agenda at the 2006 and 2008 conventions, but not considered.  It is hereby respectfully submitted for consideration at the 2010 Convention.  It was reviewed by the C&B/Platform Committee in 2008. 

America is a stronger and better nation because of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of legal immigrants,
and the Republican Party honors them. We believe that control of our borders
is an urgent national security interest and our national sovereignty depends on those secure borders.
  • We oppose illegal immigration and all forms of amnesty, or legal status, for illegal immigrants.
  • We support suspending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrant parents.
  • We oppose granting government benefits to those illegally present in the US.
  • We oppose any temporary or "guest" worker program that would offer an automatic path to citizenship.
  • We believe that current laws against employing illegal immigrants should be vigorously enforced, particularly to stem the now too common crime of identity theft in obtaining employment.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Wren, State Delegate, Wasatch County  435 654-4667

Dana Anderson, State Delegate, Salt Lake County, Precinct 3240

Karen Barton, State Delegate, Precinct 1230 SL County

Merrill Cook, State Delegate, SL County, precinct 2102, US Senate Candidate

Cherilyn Eager, US Senate Candidate

Don Guymon, State Delegate, Davis County

Mike Lee, State Delegate, Alpine second precinct, US Senate Candidate

Morgan Philpot, Candidate US House 2nd District

Gaylan Stewart, State Delegate, Utah County

Tim Quinn, State Delegate, Wasatch County


Supporting references:

Republican Party Platform of  2008

Immigration, National Security, and the Rule of Law" page 3 of the 67 page document" - 2008 excerpts:

"Immigration policy is a national security issue, for which we have one test: Does it serve the national interest?"

"Experience shows that enforcement of existing laws is effective in reducing and reversing illegal immigration. Our commitment to the rule of law means smarter enforcement at the workplace, against illegal workers and lawbreaking employers alike, along with those who practice identity theft and traffic in fraudulent documents. As long as jobs are available in the United States, economic incentives to enter illegally will persist."

"the denial of federal funds, for self described sanctuary cities,"

"It does not mean driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, nor does it mean that states should be allowed to flout the federal law barring them from giving in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, nor does it mean that illegal aliens should receive social security benefits, or other public benefits, except as provided by federal law."

TEXAS www.texasgop.org/site/DocServer/RPTPlatform2004.pdf?docID=121.

Illegal Immigration

– The Party believes that security of our borders is an urgent national interest. The Party opposes illegal immigration and all forms of amnesty, or legal status for illegal immigrants irrespective of program name or race. We support:

1. expeditious hearings on deporting non-violent illegal immigrants held in prisons or jails;

2. suspending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrant parents;

3. elimination of federal funding to cities that have "sanctuary" laws prohibiting local police from identifying and reporting illegal immigrants to federal authorities;

4. empowering state and local law enforcement agencies with the authority, responsibility and resources needed to detain illegal immigrants within the course of their regular duties;

5. the rejection of non-verifiable foreign-issued cards, such as matricula consular as valid identification for official documentation purposes;

6. investigation and strict prosecution of agencies, businesses or persons involved in the production, distribution or acceptance of phony identification documents;

7. elimination of day labor work centers;

8. elimination of all laws requiring hospitals to give non-emergency medical care to illegal immigrants;

9. elimination of government funding to illegal immigrants for education, housing and business loans;

10. pass legislation which prevents China, Chinese citizens, and any other foreign country and/or its citizens from using the judicial system and courts of the United States to file and try lawsuits that grant entrance of the foreign people to the U.S. or become missing persons; and

11. strong document verification prior to the issuance of a Texas drivers license to anyone.

California  www.cagop.org/platform_content.aspx

The CRP recognizes that our country is enriched with the vast influence of immigrants from all over the world who have come to the United States of America for the unlimited opportunities, freedom and prosperity offered to every working citizen.

We support and welcome all legal immigrants and others who are here by due process and are productive, law-abiding citizens. In fairness to them, we oppose the tide of illegal immigration and support federal efforts to stem it. We further support the disbursement of federal funds to California to pay for federally mandated immigration programs and termination of the legal requirement for non-emergency assistance to illegal immigrants.

No Carolina  www.ncgop.org/reference/platform.html

But taxpayers should not be required to fund higher education for illegal immigrants.

The federal government should actively enforce its immigration laws.

We do not believe free healthcare should be provided to illegal immigrants except for emergency services.

Nevada www.nevadagop.org/About/Default.aspx?SectionId=290


14. We support proof of U.S. citizenship and county residency in order to register to vote, and oppose allowing any person residing illegally in the United States to be entitled to any benefit of citizenship and we believe it is the duty of the President of the United States and the Governors of the states to secure the borders of the United States against illegal entry.
15. We believe that the granting of U.S. citizenship to children who are born while their parents are in this country illegally should be discontinued – by constitutional amendment if necessary.

Nebraska http://www.negop.org/platform.asp

We support, welcome, and encourage the assimilation of all legal immigrants and others who are here by due process and are productive, law-abiding citizens. In fairness to them, we support stringent federal efforts to stem the tide of illegal immigration.



Republican Party Platform of 1880  "Since the authority to regulate immigration and intercourse between the United States and foreign nations rests with the Congress of the United States and the treaty-making power, the Republican party, regarding the unrestricted immigration of the Chinese as a matter of grave concernment under the exercise of both these powers, would limit and restrict that immigration by the enactment of such just, humane and reasonable laws and treaties as will produce that result."

Republican Party Platform of 1900 "In the further interest of American workmen we favor a more effective restriction of the immigration of cheap labor from foreign lands,"

Republican Party Platform of 1912    "We pledge the Republican party to the enactment of appropriate laws to give relief from the constantly growing evil of induced or undesirable immigration, which is inimical to the progress and welfare of the people of the United States."

Republican Party Platform of 1932 "The restriction of immigration is a Republican policy. Our party formulated and enacted into law the quota system, which for the first time has made possible an adequate control of foreign immigration.

Rigid examination of applicants in foreign countries prevented the coming of criminals and other undesirable classes, while other provisions of the law have enabled the President to suspend immigration of foreign wage-earners who otherwise, directly or indirectly, would have increased unemployment among native-born and legally resident foreign-born wage-earners in this country. As a result, immigration is now less than at any time during the past one hundred years.

We favor the continuance and strict enforcement of our present laws upon this subject."

Republican Party Platform of 1940 "We favor the strict enforcement of all laws controlling the entry of aliens. The activities of undesirable aliens should be investigated and those who seek to change by force and violence the American form of government should be deported."

Republican Party Platform of 1984  "We affirm our country's absolute fight to control its borders. Those desiring to enter must comply with our immigration laws. Failure to do so not only is an offense to the American people but is fundamentally unjust to those in foreign lands patiently waiting for legal entry. We will preserve the principle of family reunification.

With the estimates of the number of illegal aliens in the United States ranging as high as 12 million and better than one million more entering each year, we believe it is critical that responsible reforms of our immigration laws be made to enable us to regain control of our borders."