RNC Chairman Scolds Romney and Giuliani on Immigration
Posted by Joshua Price on August 17, 2007
As I feared, the national chairman of the Republican Party Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Florida) is trying to make the failed Senate immigration bill the cornerstone of the Republican Party’s position on immigration.
According to The Washington Times:
Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, President Bush’s handpicked (emphasis added) choice for party chairman, chided former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for opposing and mischaracterizing the Senate immigration bill Mr. Martinez helped craft.
“It’s about leading on the tough issues,” Mr. Martinez told the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce in comments first reported in Wednesday’s St. Petersburg Times. “It was easy to say, ‘This wasn’t good enough, this isn’t right, I don’t agree with Mr. Martinez.’ …But at the end of the day, what is your answer? How would you solve this?”
I am tired of the condescension coming from the elites of the Republican Party. I expect this sort of behavior from the Democrats, but the increasing trend of this type of rhetoric from high-level Republican officials, especially on immigration issues, is indeed disturbing.
What I truly find amusing (actually I am really quite frightened) is that Martinez criticizes Giuliani’s position on immigration. What is Giuliani’s position on immigration reform? Well, simply put, he is pretty much for allowing the good-behaving illegal immigrants to remain in the country and proceed towards citizenship and sending the crime-committing illegals home. What else does Mel Martinez want? Oh that’s right, he wants a path to citizenship for all of the 12-20 million illegals in the country. Yes, that will solve the problem.
Now that brings me to the question Martinez has posed to all of us, ” How would you solve this?” Well Mr. Martinez I can tell you that I would not solve the problem by granting a path to citizenship to the illegals currently here, regardless of good behavior. I would also not grant citizenship based on the completion of two years of college which the American taxpayers will probably end up funding to an extent. Now maybe if the illegal serves at least 3 years in the military we could begin to have discussion on that issue. At least at the point the illegal would have given something to this country instead of just taking.
Finally Mr. Martinez, the American People have told you what we would do. We have said, secure the borders first (not just say it, do it) and deport the 12-20 million illegals currently here. Do not tell me it can’t be done or that it’s too expensive. With the amount of money we are currently spending on illegals in terms of government benefits and tuition I’m sure we could scrounge together enough resources to complete the task. And finally, fundamentally change the current system, including making English the official spoken language of this country. In other words no driver’s tests in a foreign language, no ballots in a foreign language, etc. In short, don’t forget about the culture of your country of origin, but if you make the conscious decision to become a citizen of the United States of America you must assimilate to American culture.