I take issue with Michael Gerson (Commentary, June 19) for insinuating that tea party-minded people are wrong for not embracing immigration reform. Gerson also said the Republican Party needs to embrace it in order to win elections. Gerson’s views show the disconnect between the establishment, ruling class Republicans and the party’s actual base.
The problem for me is that this immigration “reform” they speak of involves amnesty and nothing else. There is no plan for closing the borders or anything else that might fall under the category of “reform.” As long as the borders are a virtual free-for-all, I don’t support any type of legalization. If the borders were secured first, most people would probably be open to a dialogue as to what to do with those who are here already.
Blanket amnesty with open borders is a recipe for disaster as well as a slap in the face for legal immigrants who have sacrificed and worked hard to become Americans. After the borders are secure, I might be open to providing work visas but not citizenship or voting rights. As for the Republicans who believe they must embrace amnesty or lose elections, I say this: If you travel down this path, you will surely lose elections because you will lose your base.
Stephen Butler, Yukon