GOP needs to lead the melting pot!

In our Daily Caller column last week about immigration, we focused on policy and aggressively argued the case that America should import 100 million more immigrants of all types, including science PhDs and the working poor. Doing so would grow our economy, strengthen our position relative to China, and showcase America’s values.

Today, we focus on principle.

For the good of America and its own viability and credibility, the GOP should embrace the Tech Guys’ immigration proposal and lead America forward.

For background, we gave and raised a significant amount of time and money to John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, starting in the summer of 2007 when Senator McCain was dead last in the primary field. We were inspired not only by McCain’s service to country, but also his unwavering confidence in immigration as an American strength and an American value.

In mid-2007, Charles attended a Young Republicans for McCain fundraiser in Washington, DC. McCain and his friend Senator Lindsey Graham had just returned from one of their many trips to Iraq. McCain told a story about how the day before he and Graham were in the Baghdad Green Zone serving as the masters of ceremony congratulating 102 US soldiers who were receiving citizenship. As you likely know, immigrants in America receive an accelerated path to citizenship as compensation for military service.

As McCain shared that day, of the 102 new citizens-to-be, only 99 showed up because three were killed the day before the ceremony in an IED attack. If Charles remembers correctly, two men and one woman were killed.

McCain explained to the crowd that it wasn’t his support for the Iraq war and the (then unpopular) surge which might cost him his nomination. It was his support for comprehensive immigration reform, in partnership with President George W. Bush.

In mid-2007, in front of a few dozen people willing to support McCain’s long-shot bid for the presidency, Senator John McCain, our nation’s premier living war hero, declared that he understood that his political career was probably over due to his embrace of immigration reform.

More importantly, he also declared that he will be damned if the country that he loves so much and if the political party of which he is a leading member disgraces the memory of those three brave soldiers who died — one day before two US Senators could welcome them as official US citizens.

We understand why John McCain adjusted his position on immigration in order to win his 2010 primary in Arizona. But the Tech Guys aren’t seeking office. And neither are most of you.

So, we ask you to think about what America really stands for. We ask you to think about what the GOP really stands for. We stand for self reliance. We stand for equal opportunity. We stand for a country where a child of dirt poor parents of foreign birth can change the world, whether his name is Marco Rubio or Alexander Hamilton.

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  • Supernatural Witness

    The GOP does not need to embrace illegal immigrants if they know what’s good for them. The GOP needs to stand firm for the rule of law and less bureaucracy. Talking about legal immigration as if it were an issue is nothing but red herring bait and switch. Of course abortion is an issue and has led to an deficit in able bodies of a certain age, but the exodus of manufacturing should facilitate the former factory workers to get off of unemployment and take the jobs Americans just won’t do.

  • RHO1953

    You are NOT going to morph the argument about immigration into a blanket rejection of all immigration. One does not have to be in favor of illegal immigration to support immigration in general. There IS a difference, even if idiots like these guys don’t get it. We love immigrants, we just want them to follow the rules and NOT GET PREFERRED TREATMENT OVER THE REST OF US!!!!! Can you get through your think skulls? If the choice is accept open borders and unlimited illegal immigration or lose the Hispanic vote, my choice is lose the Hispanic vote. We live by our rules. I can’t drive without a license or insurance, but an illegal can. I can’t get in-state tuition rates in a neighboring state, but some guy from Juarez can. It is absolute insanity. The American people are sick of it and IT IS GOING TO STOP!!!!!

  • kbull

    Americans are wimpy? Or is it our government that is wimpy?

  • kingfish

    I tell you what — WHY DON’T WE “DEPORT” people like you. We could use fewer “do-gooders” in this country at OTHERS’ expense!

    TAXPAYERS already are doling out $385 billion per year on ILLEGALS’ food stamps, medicaid, SSI payment that they didn’t pay ONE DIME into, free legal services when they rape our children or murder Americans or beat their wives, free hospitalization, HUD housing, free public schools, 30% of prison costs are illegals. TAXPAYERS are FORCED to build more schools, prisons, hire more teachers, policemen, court personnel. Our hospital waiting rooms, highways, courts and public schools are overrun with them.

    THEY’VE displaced 1.5 million Americans in construction jobs, where they either get paid cash under the table or FRAUDULENTLY use our childrens’ social security numbers, and you can bet any money received at SS doesn’t go into OUR accts; the govt keeps it.

    Bill Gates, with his TAX-FREE FOUNDATION, has gotten filthy rich off the back of American TAXPAYERS for 30 yrs. A friend at Immigration told me he was the BIGGEST ABUSER of any corporation, hiring H1-B foreign workers instead of Americans, repeatedly telling Congress over all these years there are no “qualified” workers in America. If Mr. Gates were REALLY the BIG PHILANTHROPIST he claims to be, he would have developed a short computer course at Microsoft for graduating seniors to come into his workforce. BUT NO! He hires cheap labor from abroad, whose children are educated in public schools on the backs of American TAXPAYERS; they all his workers DISAPPEAR into all the other states when their terms are up, and get on social services.

    WE ARE FED UP! Keep touting this CRAP, but this is one fight you are “NOT” going to win!