Lincoln Club of Orange County Releases Policy Statement on Immigration Reform
Three-point plan includes guest-worker program without pathway to citizenship
Newport Beach, CA (Nov. 10, 2011) – Members of the Lincoln Club of Orange County approved a three-point Immigration Reform Policy Statement that features a guest-worker program and a pathway to legal residency, not citizenship.
“Our hope is that this provides a starting point for Republicans and Latinos to find common ground on immigration solutions that respect the rule of law, secure our borders, and afford future immigrants and those who are already here a fair pathway to legal residency,” said Lincoln Club President Robert Loewen. “By taking citizenship out of the equation and using the latest technology to effectively enforce a guest-worker program that is tailored to the needs of the free market, we believe this can be a win-win for American businesses and for immigrants, who simply want to work and provide a better future for their families.”
The policy statement, which can be found online at http://lc.thelibertylab.com/immigration-statement/, focuses on three points – 1) increasing border security; 2) creating a guest-worker program that allows both foreign workers and illegal immigrants already here to apply for temporary work permits, provided they pay certain fees and meet certain requirements such as proof of employment and passing a criminal background check; and 3) increasing support for employers to help them easily to identify workers who have been admitted to the guest worker program and those who have not so that the new law can be strictly and fairly enforced.
“Democrats who were in control of Congress for two years under President Obama did nothing to reform our broken immigration system, except to deport more than a million illegal immigrants,” Teresa Hernandez, Chairwoman of the Lincoln Club’s Immigration Reform Subcommittee. “Republicans have an opportunity to be leaders on this issue by replacing our antiquated, quota-driven immigration system with a 21st century one that embraces the free-market demand for jobs.”
Loewen added, “We believe it’s imperative to end the dangerous, black market of labor that illegal workers live with now and create one that allows illegal workers to live here, pay taxes, and travel freely without fear of deportation.”
Founded in 1962, the Lincoln Club of Orange County is an association of business leaders who share a common belief in expanding freedom, limiting the size of government, and lower taxes. The Lincoln Club, through its various political action committees, supports conservative, pro-business candidates and campaigns. More: lc.thelibertylab.com.