Fellow travelers and useful idiots
Who said it: George Bush, the Democrats, the Wall Street Journal editorial page, or the Communist Party USA?
“[Whereas] restrictive, discriminatory, and punitive laws and practices are designed to make migrant labor more vulnerable…Source: The CPUSA
[We call for]:
The rapid legalization, without discrimination or onerous conditions, of all undocumented workers and their relatives living in the United States.
The creation of mechanisms whereby immigrant workers in the future can come to the United States legally and safely with full rights.
An end to discrimination against immigrants with or without papers in the issuance of drivers licenses, and no restriction on the right of immigrants to use consular
ID cards or other country-of-origin IDs to open bank and credit accounts or to deal with government agencies.
All workers and their family members, with or without documents, to have full access to all public services paid for by their taxes and labor, including Social Security and Medicare and affordable higher education.”
“We must punish employers who recruit undocumented workers in order to exploit them. We reject calls for guest worker programs that lead to exploitation. We should have equitable asylum policies that treat people the same whether they have fled violence from the Right and Left. We support restoration of basic due process protections, so that immigrants are no longer subject to deportation for minor offenses and are eligible to receive safety net services supported by their tax dollars.”Source: Democratic Party Platform
“We will extend the promise of citizenship to those still struggling for freedom. Today's immigration laws do not reflect our values or serve our security, and we will work for real reform.”
“Undocumented immigrants within our borders who clear a background check, work hard and pay taxes should have a path to earn full participation in America. We will hasten family reunification for parents and children, husbands and wives”
“denying drivers licenses to illegal aliens won't result in fewer immigrants. It will result in more immigrants driving illegally and without insurance.”Source: The Wall Street Journal (1, 2)
“the solution to the problem of illegal immigration is to make it legal, or at least to normalize the movement of people. A program of temporary work visas would allow Mexicans to go home; the incentive for undocumented aliens now is to stay rather than face the border barrier a second time.”
“Laws and regulations can generally be made more generous. The 1996 Border Patrol expansion is a dubious expense, expanding a cops-and-robbers game that sometimes turns deadly.”
“laws should allow willing workers to enter our country and fill jobs”Source: George Bush
“We must make our immigration laws more rational, and more humane”
"This program will offer legal status...to the millions of undocumented men and women now employed in the United States, and to those in foreign countries who seek to participate in the program"
"workers will be able to establish their identities by obtaining the legal documents we all take for granted. And they will be able to talk openly to authorities, to report crimes when they are harmed, without the fear of being deported"
“All participants will be issued a temporary worker card that will allow them to travel back and forth between their home and the United States without fear of being denied re-entry into our country"