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Letters of the Week: Jan 12 - Jan 16

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    With regard to ID's January 12 editorial, Romney's "self-deportation" strategy in the 2012 presidential campaign was a symptom, not a cause, of what is wrong with today's Republican Party's approach to immigration.

    Romney, who campaigned as if he had no principles whatsoever and for this reason is despised just as much by true believers on the right as by progressives on the left, was merely responding to the spreading anti-immigrant rot within the Republican party. At that time, "self-deportation" through "attrition" was the official policy of Arizona and several other Republican states which had tried to take immigration enforcement into their own hands before being reined in by the Supreme Court.

    Romney was merely "going along with the flow" of his party, even if that flow led to the anti-immigrant, anti-minority politics of the sewer.

    Fast forward to today: is not the attempt by right wing House Republicans to undo, not just President Obama's latest announced initiatives with regard to deferral of deportation, but DACA itself, by attaching amendments to a must pass DHS funding bill just as much a reflection of underlying anti-immigrant hate as the Republican "attrition" policies were in 2012?

    More and more, the GOP is digging itself into the hole of being the party of the white elite, deeply committed to expelling 11 or 12 million brown men, women and children from America.

    Just as Alabama governor George Wallace (not a Republican, for the record) shouted "segregation forever!" in the 1950's and 1960's, today's Republicans, or at least enough of them to control the House of Representatives, are screaming "deportation forever!".

    African-Americans then, Latinos now. The motivation is the same. The problem is not mainly Mitt Romney or any other one politician. Except for a few courageous Republican dissenters such as Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, the problem is with the entire Republican party, or at least a very large and powerful part of it.

    Roger Algase
    Updated 01-12-2015 at 11:16 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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