Recently during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he doesn’t support a pathway to citizenship anymore. Instead, he believes we should have a “legal system that works.”
There are 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. They are working, raising families and contributing to our economy. Walker has not made it clear what he would do with these 11 million people.
Everyone can agree that our immigration system is broken. But what is Walker’s idea of a “legal system that works”? What does he think should be done with the undocumented immigrants present in our country, if not provide them with a pathway to legal status?
If Scott Walker doesn’t support a pathway to legal status, I hope he comes up with something other than deportation for our country’s undocumented immigrants.
With Congressman Jeff Duncan and Citizens United hosting 2016 Republican hopefuls this weekend in Greenville at The Freedom Summit, Upstate residents are excited to see the 2016 presidential candidates visit our state.
As a former state chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, let me be the first to welcome each candidate to the Upstate.
While they are here, one critical matter that every candidate must address is immigration reform.
As Republicans, we seek to win elections at all levels of government plain and simple. Ultimately, voters will support our party when policies are implemented that they know will help our country. When it comes to the issue of fixing our broken immigration system, there is plenty of justifiable criticism directed at President Obama’s actions. However, pointing fingers and placing blame will not be not enough for a party that wants to win the White House in 2016.
Nearly all Republicans agree that securing the border is long overdue. But, that alone does not address the complexity of the problem at hand. We agree that something has to be done with the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, but we also agree that deporting 11 million people is not a realistic or responsible solution. As a fiscal conservative, let me call your attention to a recent study conducted by conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin which concluded that it would cost an estimated $400 billion to $600 billion to deport these 11.2 million undocumented immigrants.
With that in mind, we look forward to hearing from the candidates on how they would propose to fix an immigration system that everyone agrees is broken. We need leaders who are willing to provide a responsible solution to a complicated issue.
Like many of our fellow Republican leaders, I am encouraged by our talented field of candidates.
With our state’s key primary race beginning this month, South Carolina Republicans have a unique opportunity to encourage a robust debate that leads to electoral victories and real solutions that strengthen our country.
I attended the S.C. Republican Party’s May 2 state convention, which serves as a kick-off to presidential primary season in our state. A majority of the presidential hopefuls were in attendance and spoke on how they envisioned a better future for our country.
One issue that I hope to hear candidates speak more about is immigration reform. We, as conservatives, must address this issue and provide a sensible, constructive solution that addresses the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. I look forward to seeing and hearing more from all of our candidates as they visit the Columbia area.
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