“Our objective is only to establish a reasonable, fair, orderly, and secure system of immigration into this country and not to discriminate in any way against particular nations or people.” – President Ronald Reagan, (Statement on Signing the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986)
California has seen a large fallout over the politics of mass deportation
We present the Parable of Pete Wilson – a stark reminder of the dangerous politics of mass deportation. Among the political fallout after California passed the anti-immigrant Prop 187 in 1994:
- With Latinos – the fastest growing demographic in the state – aggressively alienated by this tactics, they massively turned away from Republican party.
- The congressional delegation went from 2 more Democrats in Congress in 1995 to 23 more Democrats than Republicans in 2013.
- President Reagan’s home state, which previously elected Republicans in six straight presidential elections has been a lock for Democrats for two decades.
- In 2012, Barack Obama won California’s 55 electoral votes by a 23 point margin.
- Nationally, the current number of Latino voters is expected to double by 2030.
The State of the Race & Immigration Debate
Ronald Reagan himself understood the importance of immigration reform and the unique value add that immigrants give to our country: “They brought with them courage, ambition and the values of family, neighborhood, work, peace and freedom. They came from different lands but they shared the same values, the same dream.” – Ronald Reagan, (Labor Day Speech at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey)
Unfortunately since the last debate many GOP candidates have doubled down on mass deportation as a policy. This is unfeasible and unacceptable. Here’s what’s been said since the last debate:
Donald Trump recently said that his plan for mass deportation – and this means rounding up and removing talking 11-12 million undocumented immigrants plus the millions of US citizens he wants to send with them when he revokes the 14th amendment – would “take 18 months to 2 years if properly handled.”
Without providing specifics for how he would accomplish this – his recent comments have also sparked some of the most egregious policy suggestions from his fellow GOP contenders – who also offer little in terms of specifics.
Gov. Scott Walker compares Trump’s immigration proposal as similar to his own: “I haven’t looked at all the details of his but the things I’ve heard are very similar to the things I’ve mentioned,” the Wisconsin governor said on Fox & Friends.
This means rounding up and deporting roughly 25,000 to 30,000 people every single day – or deporting a population the size of Madison, Wisconsin every 10 days.
Governors Jeb Bush and John Kasich, as well as Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Lindsey Graham, have all publicly acknowledged the reality that we are not going to round up and deport 11 million people, and, therefore, that the federal government should ultimately implement a path toward legalization. We applaud those who stand up to Trump’s mass deportation plan and urge them to speak out against it.
But for those who have engaged in the politics of mass deportation – there is no backing down. These individuals need to be held accountable for their words and explain exactly what they mean, and how they plan to do it. “Good management” is not an acceptable answer. This debate, we want all participants to clearly define their position on mass deportation, and for those in favor of deportation to answer – How as President would they round up and deport the more than 11 million people living within our borders? Where would they send them? And what are the economic and humanitarian costs associated with this plan?
Those who wish to represent the American people as President should be willing to provide voters with a straightforward and honest answer to these questions tomorrow night.