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RESOLUTION DEMANDING SECURE BORDERS & ENFORCEMENT OF LAW
WHEREAS, Border security and immigration enforcement are critical elements in Americaâ€™s national security, and
WHEREAS, The Republican Party supports legal immigration to our country and acknowledges the tremendous contributions made by legal immigrants throughout our history to our economy and society, and
WHEREAS, Strengthening the capacity of law enforcement to apprehend foreign terrorists, illegal aliens and other criminals entering our country illegally is essential to protecting America and reducing crime in our cities, and
WHEREAS, Immigration enforcement training needs to be provided to state and local law enforcement to strengthen interior enforcement of immigration laws, and
WHEREAS, automatic U.S. citizenship should not be given to children born in the United States by illegal alien parents as it provides inducement to sneak into our country, and
WHEREAS, Worker eligibility verification should be mandatory for all employers in the state of Michigan and employers held responsible for hiring illegal aliens as employees and be subject to substantial fines, and
WHEREAS, Working or residing illegally in Michigan must not establish rights or financial benefits of any kind for illegal aliens, and
WHEREAS, Any guest worker plan that allows illegal aliens to remain and work in our country will only result in more illegal immigration and increased crime in our country, and
WHEREAS, Respect for the rule of law is a bedrock principle of our country, our culture and our posterity, now therefore be it
RESOLVED, The Michigan Republican Party calls for the immediate securing of our border with all available means and the enforcement of existing immigration laws in the workplace, and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, The Michigan Republican Party calls for all state and federal funds to be withheld from any city or local jurisdiction that acts as a sanctuary for illegal aliens by advocating policies, written or understood, that prohibit or otherwise thwart cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities, and be it
FINALLY RESOLVED, The Michigan Republican Party calls upon the Congress to pass and the President to sign a bill enacting laws to secure our borders and end employment of illegal aliens in the workplace at the earliest possible opportunity and to immediately commence enforcement.
Christian Chojnowski, Kalamazoo County Republican Party Executive Committee Member
The Honorable David Agema, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Fran Amos, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Jack Brandenburg, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Kevin Green, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Jack Hoogendyk, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Marty Knollenberg, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Jim Marleau, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Arlan Meekhof, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Kim Meltzer, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Chuck Moss, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Paul Opsommer, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Brian Palmer, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable John Pastor, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable David Robertson, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Rick Shaffer, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Fulton Sheen, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable John Stahl, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable John Stakoe, Michigan State Representative
The Honorable Glenn Steil Jr, Michigan State Representative
Mr. Gerry Hildenbrand, Allegan County Chairman
Mr. Glenn Clark, 9th Congressional District Chairman
Ms. Deborah DeBacker, 9th District State Committeewoman
Mr. Robert McCoy, 9th District State Committeeman
Mrs. Barbara Harrell, 9th District Committeewoman
Mr. Earle Vandyke, 9th District Committeeman
Mr. Bruce Henderson, MD 9th District Committeeman
Mr. Al Lucas, 9th District Committeeman
Mr. Larry Ward, 8th District Chairman
Mr. Jeff Wiggins, Chairman, MSU College Republicans
Mr. John Knowles, Ingham County Republican Party Executive Committee Member
Mr. Jason C. Miller, President, Secure Michigan PAC
Pros: Arguments â€œForâ€ Illegal Immigration Resolution
America has the most generous legal immigration policy of any nation on earth. There are millions of people all over the world who wait patiently for years to come here legally. Illegal immigrants make a mockery of that process.
We all understand and empathize with the reasons why people come here illegally. However, in a world in which billions of people could improve their lives by illegally immigrating, we have no choice but to enforce our laws.
Some employers and consumers do benefit from the presence of illegal aliens in the work force. However, these savings are more than offset by social costs. And even if we strictly barred illegal aliens from receiving any social benefits, exploiting their labor still could not be justified on moral grounds.
The best remedy to illegal immigration is to deter prospective illegal immigrants from coming in the first place and to convince those already here to go home. A combination of better border security, effective employer sanctions, and elimination of non-emergency benefits will send a message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated.
The American people granted amnesty to some three million illegal aliens in 1986 in what was promised to be a one-time-only program. The government has not fulfilled its commitment to the American public to enforce laws against further illegal immigration. A new amnesty program would be a betrayal of a deal and would only encourage a new wave of illegal immigration, as people around the world would correctly perceive that coming to the United States illegally is ultimately rewarded.
The largest population of illegal immigrants in the US comes from Mexico. Mexico last year was ranked fifteen (15) in the world for gross domestic product. Governments such as Mexico should take care of their own citizens instead of actively encouraging them to enter illegally into the United States.
Cons: Arguments â€œAgainstâ€ Illegal Immigration Resolution
Our police officers are already overworked and do not need the extra burden of reporting illegal aliens.
Lower wages paid to illegal aliens reduce the cost of living for Americans.
The United States needs illegal aliens to do the jobs that Americans donâ€™t want to do.
It is cruel to send these poor people back to their country where they will have to live in poverty.
Our country was founded by immigrants. We shouldnâ€™t change that.