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.