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    January 21, 2006 latimes.com : Politics Print E-mail story Most e-mailed Change text size

    THE NATION
    Amid Rifts, GOP Backs Guest-Worker Plan
    By Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer


    WASHINGTON "” Despite deep divisions within its ranks, the Republican Party formally endorsed a guest-worker program Friday that would permit more workers from abroad to work legally and temporarily in the United States.

    The vote by the Republican National Committee averted a potentially embarrassing setback for President Bush, who has called for a guest-worker program. The vote preempted an Arizona activist's resolution that argued that permitting guest workers would fuel more illegal immigration.

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    Bush has said a guest-worker plan must be a central element of the immigration law overhaul now moving through Congress. The Republican National Committee, the party's steering panel, typically acts in lock step with the White House "” particularly on topics such as immigration, which is emerging as a top-tier issue in this year's congressional elections and in states with growing numbers of Latino voters.

    Bush aides and senior Republican strategists say that taking a hard-line stance against illegal immigration risks alienating Latino voters, just as California's 1994 campaign for Proposition 187, which GOP then-Gov. Pete Wilson supported, helped turn California into a Democrat-dominated state.

    But the Arizona activist and national committee member, Randy Pullen, reminded his colleagues and a crowd of reporters that he represents the views of many rank-and-file Republicans "” as well as those of the House leadership, which has pushed legislation to strengthen border enforcement but has not touched on a guest-worker plan.

    Letting workers from abroad take jobs legally "is not acceptable to my voters in Arizona," he said. "I have not yet heard a guest-worker program articulated that would possibly work."

    Pullen withdrew his resolution Friday after the full committee voted almost unanimously to side with Bush, urged on by a series of speeches by committee members who said they or their relatives were immigrants.

    "We as a party ought to stand united behind our president," said Lilly Nunez, a national committee member from Colorado.

    Pullen was the only committee member to oppose the guest-worker proposal, though nine other members had initially signed onto his resolution, which warned that a guest-worker plan would "result in more illegal immigration and increased crime in our country."

    Pullen told his fellow Republican National Committee members that he had received thousands of e-mails in support. He read one aloud, quoting the sender thanking him for "standing up for we little guys."

    The national committee debate was unusual for a political body that typically sticks to the White House script. But it underscored the split within the GOP that has complicated matters for Bush's effort to fix growing immigration problems.

    Cultural conservatives charge that illegal immigrants are taking U.S. jobs. But businesses, another key piece of the GOP donor base, rely on immigrant labor.

    The Senate is expected to take up the issue next month, and the future of a guest-worker program is likely to dominate congressional negotiations on overhauling immigration laws.

    The Friday vote signaled to lawmakers that drawing a hard line against a guest-worker plan risks putting them out of step with the party hierarchy. Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman told reporters that allowing workers from abroad to work legally in the U.S. was the only way to control the flow across the border.

    "Without having a guest-worker program, you have an incomplete solution," Mehlman said. "If [opponents] don't believe that you need to have a way to deal with the economic magnet and think you're going to deal with illegal immigration, I think they're wrong."

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    January 21, 2006 latimes.com : Politics Print E-mail story Most e-mailed Change text size

    THE NATION
    Amid Rifts, GOP Backs Guest-Worker Plan
    By Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer


    WASHINGTON "” Despite deep divisions within its ranks, the Republican Party formally endorsed a guest-worker program Friday that would permit more workers from abroad to work legally and temporarily in the United States.

    The vote by the Republican National Committee averted a potentially embarrassing setback for President Bush, who has called for a guest-worker program. The vote preempted an Arizona activist's resolution that argued that permitting guest workers would fuel more illegal immigration.

    ADVERTISEMENT

    Bush has said a guest-worker plan must be a central element of the immigration law overhaul now moving through Congress. The Republican National Committee, the party's steering panel, typically acts in lock step with the White House "” particularly on topics such as immigration, which is emerging as a top-tier issue in this year's congressional elections and in states with growing numbers of Latino voters.

    Bush aides and senior Republican strategists say that taking a hard-line stance against illegal immigration risks alienating Latino voters, just as California's 1994 campaign for Proposition 187, which GOP then-Gov. Pete Wilson supported, helped turn California into a Democrat-dominated state.

    But the Arizona activist and national committee member, Randy Pullen, reminded his colleagues and a crowd of reporters that he represents the views of many rank-and-file Republicans "” as well as those of the House leadership, which has pushed legislation to strengthen border enforcement but has not touched on a guest-worker plan.

    Letting workers from abroad take jobs legally "is not acceptable to my voters in Arizona," he said. "I have not yet heard a guest-worker program articulated that would possibly work."

    Pullen withdrew his resolution Friday after the full committee voted almost unanimously to side with Bush, urged on by a series of speeches by committee members who said they or their relatives were immigrants.

    "We as a party ought to stand united behind our president," said Lilly Nunez, a national committee member from Colorado.

    Pullen was the only committee member to oppose the guest-worker proposal, though nine other members had initially signed onto his resolution, which warned that a guest-worker plan would "result in more illegal immigration and increased crime in our country."

    Pullen told his fellow Republican National Committee members that he had received thousands of e-mails in support. He read one aloud, quoting the sender thanking him for "standing up for we little guys."

    The national committee debate was unusual for a political body that typically sticks to the White House script. But it underscored the split within the GOP that has complicated matters for Bush's effort to fix growing immigration problems.

    Cultural conservatives charge that illegal immigrants are taking U.S. jobs. But businesses, another key piece of the GOP donor base, rely on immigrant labor.

    The Senate is expected to take up the issue next month, and the future of a guest-worker program is likely to dominate congressional negotiations on overhauling immigration laws.

    The Friday vote signaled to lawmakers that drawing a hard line against a guest-worker plan risks putting them out of step with the party hierarchy. Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman told reporters that allowing workers from abroad to work legally in the U.S. was the only way to control the flow across the border.

    "Without having a guest-worker program, you have an incomplete solution," Mehlman said. "If [opponents] don't believe that you need to have a way to deal with the economic magnet and think you're going to deal with illegal immigration, I think they're wrong."

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    • #3
      The Friday vote signaled to lawmakers that drawing a hard line against a guest-worker plan risks putting them out of step with the party hierarchy. Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman told reporters that allowing workers from abroad to work legally in the U.S. was the only way to control the flow
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      It will be interesting to see how the house republican deals with a senate bill passed by senate republican...they will have no choice but to vote yes on a strong enforcement bill alongside a guestworker program..No republicans in the house want to look soft on immigration by voting no on a senate bill with great enforcement and gues worker program.

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      • #4
        We are almost there guys..now that the RNC which conrols the republican party agenda and whether a bill passes or not, endorses comprehensive immigration reform, all the republican in the house will listen to what daddy RNC is saying and tancredo and j.d hayworth will lose power..tancredo's 70 members might vote against an immigration bill that has any type of guest worker program, but we really wont need them cause we will have the support of 100% of the democrats + more then half of the house republicans..this is more then enought to pass the bill.

        the only way Tancredo stands a chance to defeat the bill is if he can get some democrat to vote against it, which will never happens since democrats even support amnesty.
        the second option for tancredo , if he's to stop this , will be for the american people to go in the streets by the thousands to protest against immigrants.But we all know this also wont happens since it had been tried and the american people do not care and wont protest for racism against a specific group of people. why do you think they did no support the minute-men rallies nationwide a couple weeks ago?

        The senate should move fast and pass this immigration bill by the end of february and send it to the house to put pressure on the tancredo's of the world.

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        • #5
          Albatross--You're counting an awful lot that a "guest worker" program will provide amnesty, even though the Committee specifically says it won't and Bush has said he won't back one. In other words, don't count on McCain/Kennedy type bill.

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          • #6
            dear albatross23: I just got a phone call from jesus and he said he doesn't know anything about some guest worker program....maybe you should give him a call...........

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            • #7
              I remember Jesus saying someting to the effect of give to ceasar what is ceasars and give to god what is gods.

              I interpret this to mean that just because you have a moral issue with the law is no reason to call in the big guy to argue your case.

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              • #8
                only braindead (as a result of brainwashing) fanatics try to claim they are speaking for some deity - usually when they have no foundation for their argument (which is always)

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                • #9
                  My prediction is, we will see a good immigration bill pass both congress before the summer. Here's how it will happen.

                  The president, along with the RNC will start putting pressure on republican that opposes his rules and will start on jan.31st, during his yearly presidential address to congress..He will put immigration on the front burner and will press to the american people that we have to fix our mexican border whyle respecting human and civil rights and we all understand that breaking into homes, churches and hotels to arrest undocumented immigrants that has no criminal record, or minute-men chasing immigrants with rifles and knives, is not what the american people want to see happen nationwide.

                  minute-men chasing immigrants with rifles and knives, is not what the american people want to see happen nationwide.


                  More and more republican will get their armed twisted and forced to vote for a good bill because the american people will demand them to respect a land that was built on immigration and will demand that congress pass an immigration bill in a comprehensive manner...

                  A bill with a 3 year guest worker permit then the migrant will have o go home to re-apply, will be part of an immigration reform package, which will be passed..

                  Democrats will take over the house & senate before those 3 years expires and will grant every immigrants that applied for the guest worker program 3 years ago, a chance to sign up for amnesty.

                  this is how it will happen..and you better believe that when the democrats takes controll of the house, it will happen, they would not let all those people disrupt the economy, by being forced to go home just to re-apply.

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