Being Right: The Debate Over Immigration

 

 

Emily Butler

As seen in the last few weeks on Capitol Hill, immigration reform is coming. In the wake of the November defeat for Republicans, it is the perfect opportunity to rebuild, reform and retake America; we have to get it right for the future of our country. 

But let us not be blinded by our loss. The only real change Republicans need to make to the party platform (leaving certain social issues aside) in order to win in 2016 is to overhaul our outlook on immigration. 

The Hispanic vote is key for Republicans in 2016. Latinos should be a slam-dunk for the Republicans; they are largely Catholic, have a strong immigrant community and are family-oriented and socially conservative on issues like abortion. 

The main reason the Hispanic vote has leaned to the left in the past few elections is due to the issue of illegal immigration. Romney made the mistake of standing too far to the right on this issue, especially when many of his other views were much more moderate. 

The easiest way to gain the Hispanic votes back from the Obama Democrats is to grant amnesty to all current residents. 

Did I really just suggest such a thing? Yes. 

Republicans should offer amnesty as part of reform, with the stipulation of border enforcement in return. We must propose amnesty up front so that the Hispanic community knows that Republicans care about their established lives and families in this country. 

However, amnesty should be guaranteed the day the four border-state governors confirm that the border is secured, but not a moment before. We must have a secure border to grant amnesty in order to maintain the integrity of American citizenship.

The easiest way to achieve border security is to build a good, old-fashioned fence. When I hear rumblings of advanced drone and radar-enforced border patrols from faux-conservatives like John McCain, I cringe. 

Congress tried this method in 2006; five years and a billion dollars later, Janet Napolitano cancelled the program and dismissed it as a complete failure. There is a reason that people have been building fences for thousands of years: they work. 

Imagine Marco Rubio running on an immigration policy of amnesty and border enforcement in 2016. He would carry the Hispanic vote, and thus likely the election.

The United States does not need two liberal parties. We need not be concerned that Obama won the youth vote and female vote in the last election, as these are traditionally liberal constituencies. We should be concerned that we lost those who should traditionally vote with the right. 

This is a problem with a solution. Exit polls from the election indicate by an eight-point margin that Americans believe government does too much. 

The party of the smaller, more modernized, more efficient, less invasive government is the future, especially in the wake of the collapse of European social democracy. 

We need not whine, fret or retreat. We simply need to do conservatism better. We must start now by reforming immigration the right way. 

And remember, amnesty is not just the right political move, but it is the right thing to do for millions of our friends and neighbors, and for our future.