The Wrong Side of History

Friday, 08 February 2013 18:13

In the 1840's and 1850's the Democrats favored continuing slavery. They were shown to be on the wrong side of history, and as a result after the Civil War they were the minority

party for most of the next 75 years. Now it looks like the Republicans are about to make the same mistake on the issue of immigration. The President recently put forward a package of immigration reforms that among other provisions, provides those who came here without documents over the last twenty years a pathway to citizenship. If the Republicans oppose this plan they will be on the wrong side of history and will, like the Democrats in the late 1800's, become the minority party for a long time.


I pose this challenge to Republicans who are on the right side of many issues: Support legislation that allows those who are undocumented a way to stay and become full members of our society. If you must, ask for adjustments in the number of guest workers; propose granting immigration preference to highly skilled immigrants; lobby for full implementation of eVerify, offer practical means of implementing better border security. But do not try to stop “a pathway to citizenship.” Yes, it is “code” for amnesty, but it must be done, both for the good of our country and to save the Republican party from ending up on the wrong side of history.


Remember; Reagan allowed an amnesty in 1976 when he passed IRCA and so must you.