Tags: gop | donors | immigration | legal

GOP Donors: Legalize Immigration

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 11:34 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
On Tuesday, a group of nearly 100 top Republican donors and Bush administration officials sent a letter to Congress with the aim of convincing lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize immigrants residing in the U.S. illegally, reports the Washington Times.

Led by former Bush administration Cabinet officials Carlos Gutierrez and Spencer Abraham, the group reasoned that since the current system is already allowing illegal immigrants to stay, it only makes sense to register them and bring them into the system.

They also believe that immigrants will become GOP supporters if the party can be seen as welcoming to immigrants.

“Doing nothing is de facto amnesty. We need to take control of whom we let in our country and we need to make sure everybody plays by the same rules,” the donors said in their letter.

The letter was clearly aimed at House Republicans, who are seemingly trapped between a rock and a hard place on the issue.

On one side, angry rank-and-file voters are adamantly against legalizing illegal immigrants, which they believe amounts to amnesty; on the other side are party bigwigs and donors who claim the GOP will not survive on a nation level if they don’t show support for legalization as part of a strategy to woo Hispanic voters.

Among those signing Tuesday’s donor letter were Bush’s political adviser Karl Rove, as well as a number of ambassadors who served Bush; former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge; former Vice President Dan Quayle; and several former governors.

The letter was one of two Congress received today on immigration reform.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 400 other businesses and umbrella groups sent a letter addressed to House leaders of both parties, urging them to pass some form of legislation, although legalization was not at the forefront of their request.











© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Latinos May Turn Backs on Democrats in Midterms

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 09:04 AM

Embattled Democrats are facing a fierce voter backlash on Election Day from disillusioned Latinos, the Los Angeles Times . . .

Poll: Support Tilting to McConnell in Tight Ky Senate Race

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 08:28 AM

With just two weeks until Election Day, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has regained a slim 1-point lead over his Democrat . . .

Bill Clinton to Campaign for Mary Burke in Wisconsin

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 07:55 AM

Former president Bill Clinton who twice carried the state will be in Wisconsin to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved