Thursday, February 26, 2015

Los Angeles RLC calls for immigration reform

Libertarian Republicans Split from National Party on Immigration - Rebeca Morla, PanAm Post:

February 26, 2015 - "The Los Angeles chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) has issued a stinging critique of immigration policy in the United States — targeting both the measures taken by President Barack Obama to address illegal immigrants, and the stance of the GOP itself.

"'When a staggering 52,000 kids (toddlers to teenagers) were detained by US Customs and Border Protection last summer, it was an unprecedented crisis in American history.... [Obama] actually gained popularity in his handling of the migrant/refugee situation. How could conservatives and Republicans drop the ball?' the briefing released on Sunday, February 22, asks lawmakers.

"The article, titled 'The Immigration Crisis Solved: A Liberty Republican View,' first appeared in Voices of Liberty, a media network promoted by former US Representative Ron Paul (R-TX). It states that 'not a single elected Republican voice of rationality offered the pro-liberty alternative,” and tasks liberty-conscious Republicans with “rais[ing] the level of the immigration crisis debate.'

"Preventing 'yet another unmanageable influx of migrants' should be a priority, the RLC chapter argues; but they reject policies such as the mass deportation of immigrants, or Obama’s 'irresponsible allusions to amnesty' without deeper reform....

"The RLC chapter assert that the US Constitution grants no specific authority to the central government to regulate immigration — although Article I Section 8 does note a uniform rule of naturalization — and that 'every single person now on American soil who isn’t a criminal ultimately has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — altogether that’s the right to work.'

"As a result, the group advocates for states taking the lead on proactive immigration reform, by offering residency and work permits to illegal immigrants."

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