From Washington Times – original link
WASHINGTON, DC, February 14, 2013 ― Everyone has an opinion on immigration. While the media spin a simple narrative of where the two major political parties stand on the issue, the reality is much more complex. This week the complexity of the issue was illuminated as Republican voices from outside the beltway put forward their response to congressional efforts to put together a comprehensive immigration plan.
On Monday the Republican Liberty Caucus, which represents the libertarian wing of the party, issued a set of legislative priorities on immigration (PDF) which are very different from those the Republican establishment in Congress seems to be leaning towards. Rather than reframing the core ideas of the last failed immigration reform effort, while pandering to nativists on security measures and punishing businesses and immigrants, their ideas focus on creative free market solutions.
Bob Quasius, President of the Cafe con Leche Republicans, also expressed his board’s enthusiasm for the idea, writing, “The Republican Liberty Caucus deserves praise for taking a stand in support of a complete immigration overhaul, instead of largely replicating previous legislative attempts. We need ‘outside the box’ solutions, in particular abolishing arbitrary immigration and guest worker quotas, which have so often proven disconnected from the needs of our economy and for family reunification. When quotas and needs are disconnected, historically the result has always been massive illegal immigration, which should be viewed as largely a symptom of an unworkable legal immigration system rather than the problem itself.”