The Texas GOP Platform on Immigration

This plan, if implemented:
1.) Will further increase the size/cost of an inefficient government;
2.) Will open the door for more oppressive government actions to be applied to all residents/citizens in the U.S., under the guise of protecting the American.
– – Remember, the S.S. card with the unique personal identifying number was originally sold to the People as a personal savings a/c and means to track their deposits, and limited to 1% of gross earnings.

The 2012 Texas state GOP Platform reads:
IMMIGRATION (my comments in red)
The Texas Solution – Because of decades-long failure of the federal government to secure our borders and address the immigration issue, there are now upwards of 11 million undocumented individuals in the United States today, each of whom entered and remain here under different circumstances. Mass deportation of these individuals would neither be equitable nor practical; while blanket amnesty, as occurred with the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986, would only encourage future violations of the law. We seek common ground to develop and advance a conservative, market- and law-based approach to our nation’s immigration issues by following these principles:
• Secure Our Borders – The U.S. Border must be secured immediately! We demand the application of effective, practical and reasonable measures to secure our borders and to bring safety and security for all Americans along the border and throughout the nation.
In recent history, securing a border has also kept the People (against their will) inside the border.
• Modernize the United States Social Security Card – We support the improvement of our 1936 Social Security card to use contemporary anti-counterfeit technology. The social security card will not be considered a National ID card for U.S. citizens.
The train already left the station. The S S card is already the standard ID for all financial transaction (other than cash/barter), not to mention all communications with the gov’t and MANY private sector entities.
• Birthright Citizenship – We call on the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of the United States to clarify Section 1 of the 14th amendment to limit citizenship by birth to those born to a citizen of the United States with no exceptions.
Is this a supportive effort to open up amending the U.S. Constitution? The 2012 Platform states: “We strongly oppose any constitutional convention to rewrite the United States Constitution. We encourage the Legislature to rescind its 1977 call for such a convention. We call upon other states to rescind their votes for such a convention.” Congress is not likely to tighten immigration policy, as should be evident by now.  Any hope that a convention of the same state officials to a convention to amend our U.S. Constitution will magically turn these same freedom-oppressors into liberty-minded delegates to such a gathering is more American hope & change that continues to erode our individual freedoms.
• Create an Effective and Efficient Temporary Worker Program – A national Temporary Worker Program should be implemented to bring skilled and unskilled workers into the United States for temporary periods of time when no U.S. workers are currently available. The program should also require:
Who/what bureaucracy determines/defines those periods when “no U.S. workers are currently available”?
• Self-funding through participation fees and fines;
Who pays and who collects the fees? Gov’t or Employers? This is more expansion of an inefficient gov’t, with unlikely future downsizing or elimination of gov’t programs, not to mention the increase to cost of goods sold (costs passed to the consumer through price of goods/services).
• Applicants must pass a full criminal background check;
Who funds the criminal background check? This is more expansion of an inefficient gov’t with the ability to include all workers in the future.
• Applicants with prior immigration violations would only qualify for the program if they paid the appropriate fines;
“violations” according to who’s jurisdiction?
• Applicants and/or Employers must prove that they can afford and/or secure private health insurance;
A typical example of the Republican double standard; The GOP is against Obamacare, but seeks validity of it for employers and non-citizens???
• Applicants must waive any and all rights to apply for financial assistance from any public entitlement programs;
A better solution to restoration of taxpayers’ property (money) – ABOLISH government charity. The gov’t makes a horrible nanny.
• Applicant must show a proficiency in the English language and complete an American civic class;
Modern day Americans should be required to pass this test before voting!!!
• Temporary Workers would only be able to work for employers that deduct and match payroll taxes;
More GOP double standard: The 2012 TX GOP Platform states: “Federal Reserve System – We believe Congress should repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. In the interim, we call for a complete audit of the Federal Reserve System and an immediate report to the American people.” Does the GOP support employers acting as government agents, collecting government fees?
• All participants would be issued an individual Temporary-Worker Biometric Identification Card that tracks all address changes and both civil and criminal court appearances as a defendant.
This conflicts with the 2012 TX GOP Platform, and more GOP double standards;
“Real ID Act – As the Real ID Act effectively creates an unconstitutional and privacy-inhibiting national ID card, we hereby call for its immediate repeal.”
The current state government will, and the current federal government wants to expand biometric ID cards to all residents in Texas and the U.S.

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If Republicans want to seriously address the financial duress caused to Texas taxpayers relative to non-citizen workers and also those causing a strain to the entitlement programs, then Republicans will elect officials that will enforce their Oath of Office to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution. Texas has the power to ignore and nullify unconstitutional federal mandates, but only if the People demand it and are willing to give up their addiction to the numerous federal programs/grants with federal strings attached to them.
Voters should demand that Texas ENFORCE the 9th and 10th Amendments, which plainly state…
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”, and;
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The only problem is most Texans don’t know what those enumerated rights are!
THAT is our problem.

Pick up that little pocket sized document and read it, again for the first time.

Supporting liberty & justice for all,
Barbara Harless

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