Chris Herrod: Reaching out to legal immigrants

Washington, DC and the Republican Establishment seem to get it wrong on just about everything – immigration is no different. They push “demographics” and predict doom if Republicans don’t reach out and support amnesty. The underlying assumption is that by supporting amnesty more people will like Republicans. They think it’s the only way to expand the tent. How little they understand America. Instead, Republicans should reach out the tens of millions of legal immigrants opposed to illegal immigration.

As I have fought against illegal immigration over the years, hundreds of legal immigrants from dozens of countries have encouraged me to keep up the fight. They’re grateful that someone sees the damage to legal immigrants and is willing to speak up. Unfortunately, the beltway folks and the media don’t seem to even know this group exists.

Besides, Democrat and Republican establishments’ view of immigrants is based on a form of racism – that immigrants can’t compete and need or want a nanny state to succeed. Most immigrants don’t want pandering. They simply want the rule-of-law and the government to leave them alone.

Two of my friends were in line before the 1986 Amnesty – one from Canada the other from Mexico. What should have taken a year took five as others were processed in front of them. Just imagine the wait as 6 times more than 1986 Amnesty are processed.

Illegal aliens should be a finite group: legal immigrants are an infinite group. Democrats get this and goad Republicans into adopting policies that extend illegal immigration perpetually. Democrats need Republicans to support amnesty because when legal immigrants and those in line find out how difficult amnesty will make their lives they can say that Republicans voted for it as well but Democrats still care more about you.

The current tragedy at the border as well as the rape trees are enough to show which policy is the most compassionate. Accusations of racism can be countered by the facts. Sixty-two percent of illegal aliens come from Mexico, another 20% come from Latin American. One country which makes up 1.7% of the world’s population gets 62% of the benefit. One ethnic group which makes up 7% of the world’s population gets 82% of the benefit of illegal immigration. That’s the very definition of institutional racism.

As the failed policies of Obama’s liberalism become increasingly apparent, the tent can be expanded to other non-traditional Republican groups as well. The working and middle classes know firsthand the damage caused by illegal immigration. A Cornel University Study states that no issue has affected the economic well-being of African Americans more than immigration.

Republicans should put forth a set a principles on immigration. No economic group should be have to bear the brunt of immigration. CE0’s, professors, and the media should feel the same downward wage pressure as the working class. Everyone will complain when immigration becomes too great. No ethnic group nor economic class should receive preference over another. Middle-class immigrants deserve the chance at the American Dream as well.

Unfortunately, no one in the Republican Party seems willing to speak up form legal immigrants. Instead, we have Paul Ryan challenging anyone to debate him on whether amnesty really is amnesty. Republicans have a great opportunity to expand the tent with legal immigrants and the working class by explaining that we believe in blind justice, don’t favor those breaking the law, and care greater about fundamental principles rather than simply profit. Republicans should stand for principles rather than just pandering for votes and political expediency. This might just sure-up the Republican base as well.

Chris Herrod’s wife is from Ukraine, his sister-in-law from South Korea, two adopted nieces from China, and a business partner from Ethiopia.


Chris Herrod: Government Employment = Abortion?

In the past, I’ve written about Utah’s lack of conservativeness when it came to school board races and cellphone use.   Certainly, cellphone use must be isolated cases. But, if we were to look at something like…let’s say…abortion…Utah would certainly rank in the “conservative” side of the political spectrum, or, at least in the right half of Republican States.

Well, not so fast…


If ever there was a measure of “conservatism”—at least social conservatism—abortion would have to rank really high…if not the highest, right?!   With Utah’s unique melding of the State’s predominate religion (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and politics, one would assume that Mormons’ supposedly conservative social values would be corroborated with pro-life laws…after all…aren’t we supposed to stand for something?!

The Facts

Surprisingly, Americans United for Life (a pro-life organization that is often cited for its rankings) ranked Utah in 2014 as having the 29th most protective “life laws.” Measures included not only reasonable restrictions on abortions, but also freedom of conscience laws, and other pro-life considerations.


Although U.S. Census Bureau shows Utah (2012) as having the 7th lowest abortion rate per 1,000 women–behind Wyoming, Mississippi, Kentucky, South Dakota, Idaho, and Montana—the low abortion rate probably has more to do with the predominant religion which initiates “disciplinary councils” (church courts) for those obtaining, performing, and paying for abortions, and not for Utah’s moderate restrictions on abortion.

To the surprise of many, Utah ranks in the middle-left of Republican States for protections for the unborn and for freedom of conscience laws, and, squarely in the middle of the nation as a whole.

Well, with Utah’s social conservatism bubble partially deflated, at least Utah can rests on its fiscally conservative laurels, right?!

Well, wait a minute…


Conservatives usually believe in smaller government which should translate to fewer state employees–if this belief is truly honored. As strange as it sounds, the Republican Party once actually followed this principle, and candidates even ran on the concept. But currently, a national battle ensues between the conservative base (Reagan Republicans) and big government Republicans (commonly known as establishment or progressive Republicans). Unfortunately, the same battle seems to be happening in Utah.


According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Utah has the 11th highest number of State Employees per capita in the nation for both full-time and part-time employees.



Utah currently ranks in the far left for Republican States, and, left of center for States as a whole.

Well, certainly something must be wrong!   Maybe there is. However, maybe just not in the way we think. Utah would certainly support the free-market system over centralized planning, right?! Support small businesses over big business. And, would never support business subsidies or giveaways…at least not at a greater rate than the national average—would it?

Umm…since too much cognitive dissonance is not good for the mind in one sitting…let’s wait to take the issue of business subsidies up in the morning.

But, just one final query before I set my pen down (since it’s a fair question to ask), “Why does it even matter if the media and establishment Republicans ‘fib’ about Utah’s conservatism – or lack of it?”

IT MATTERS GREATLY if one believes that conservative principles make a difference, and, if one would like conservative legislation considered and adopted.

Case and point…

A number of years ago, a colleague of mine was trying to get an abortion bill passed. Nothing radically extreme such as getting rid of the exceptions for rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in jeopardy – just something that would put Utah more in the mainstream of Republican States, or, lead the way on something that has now become more mainstream (Republican anyway). But, because of misperceptions (i.e. a radically rightwing legislature, hates women, etc.), a religious organization’s representatives expressed concern about what the bill would do to Utah’s “reputation” and opposition soon mounted. Eventually, the most important part of the legislation failed because of a false perception – Utah’s abortion laws were ALREADY extreme. (I can cite numerous examples of false and mistaken perceptions killing bills—many that would surprise genuine conservatives.)

Just look at a few of the issues already mentioned, and, many others I will write about later. Countless (conservative) measures that would benefit the state are simply rejected because legislators don’t want to be perceived as “rightwing”—despite the fact that on many issues, they aren’t even close.


Chris Herrod Comparing Government Employment to Abortion