Debate over immigration reform splits Republican Party into two camps

  • Article by: Julie Hirschfeld Davis , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: March 18, 2013 - 9:30 PM

One faction opposes any form of amnesty, while GOP leaders see reform as a necessity.

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Mark27Mar. 18, 1310:51 PM

To whatever extent there is "two camps" in today's split Republican Party, it's what unifies those two camps--unwavering commitment to the consolidation of financial resources into those in the top tax bracket coupled with dripping, unbridled contempt for anybody in the working-class--that ensures I will never vote for anybody with an (R) next to their name no matter how much they embrace marriage equality for their gay sons.

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comment229Mar. 19, 13 5:08 AM

News flash: This is not the only issue that has split the republican party. I used to work for this party in the 30 plus years ago, and what I see today, is NOT the republican party I used to know.

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EleanoreMar. 19, 13 9:34 AM

Amnesty is not reform. Reform includes many things but amnesty, otherwise known as a path to citizenship, is not in keeping with our system of laws. If you say we don't need laws, then ok we can play it that way too but everyone plays, not just party officials and corporate interests looking to devalue domestic labor.

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oimmigrationMar. 19, 1310:57 AM

I am strongly opposed to any amnesty, or legal status, or a path to citizenship for these 11 million plus illegal aliens now in our country. And, it would be a huge mistake for the Republican party to agree to any form of amnesty for these criminals. It is against the conservative principles and core values of the party, and it would alienate the Republican base. They would be 11 million plus votes for the Democrats in the next election and ensure another Republican loss. And it would not only be wrong, it would encourage more illegal invasion of our county, and reward crime. We are a nation of laws and they have violated our laws. Enforce the law and deport them all now, because that is the law. Remember 9/11 America. Lets not repeat our mistakes, lets learn from them. This would be the same as the failed 1986 amnesty under Reagan. One and a half million illegals given amnesty turned into 3 million! And thei 11 million will turn into 22 million or more!! Just say NO America.

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Mark27Mar. 19, 1311:07 AM

oimmigration, the GOP's scheme here is to finnagle an immigration "reform" plan similar to what Jeb Bush outlined in his book.....where business still gets the cheap labor but the immigrants never get to become citizens. It would essentially be codified apartheid and put America on the same human rights footing as pre-Nelson Mandela South Africa, but that's the Republicans' ultimate goal here....a permanent underclass that lives and works in America, making fists full of cash for the corporate overlords who bankroll GOP campaigns, but can't participate in democracy. Sadly, the Democrats' desire for an immigration deal and their complete inability to competently govern makes such a scenario a real possibility.

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oimmigrationMar. 19, 1311:11 AM

11 million plus votes for the Democrats. Oppose it now.

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nortcydMar. 19, 1311:32 AM

As a member of the GOP I'm extremely split, but from experience I believe most immigrants from the south are here for the very same reason the "white" man immigrated from Europe. And geographically speaking, Hispanics are native to North America and are doing nothing more than crossing a line that was determined by "immigrants" who were not native. There has to be a sensible path here. I know my fellow GOP'ers will oppose this comment but you do have to admit this along with many other reasons is why the Grand Old Party is becoming that. Grand and Old.

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EleanoreMar. 19, 1311:40 AM

Still no mention in the trib of the lawsuit brought by legal guest workers against a major fast food chain for illegal employment and recruiting crirmes. I wonder why that is? NPR mentioned, then burried it days ago.

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oimmigrationMar. 19, 1312:08 PM

nortcyd, Hispanics are not native to North America, they came from Spain to conquer the new world, and now America by illegal invasion. Even the Indians are not native to the America's, they too came from Asia over the land bridge between Alaska and Asian continent long ago. So, lets enforce our current laws and deport them all now. They have all broken our laws and are criminals, foreign invaders that have no legal right to be in our country, work in our country, and collect public benefits meant for our own citizens in need. Enforce the law and do it now.

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oimmigrationMar. 19, 1312:12 PM

Rewarding crime with amnesty begets more crime. A simple truth we should heed.

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