The proposal to adopt the Utah Compact as part of the Utah County GOP platform failed with 95 in favor and 179 against. The press and democrats immediately jumped on vote and said that Utah C0unty Republicans are anti-immigrant.
The new immigration wording in the platform that was passed by a super majority of 167 in favor to 71 opposed.
However, I wanted to describe the reasons that I thought and heard that are reasons that Utah County Republicans did not support it.
The wording that the Utah GOP agreed to was an important improvement over the existing language covering immigration. The existing language has grown stale and everyone agrees that it needs to be updated. This was the old language before the change was made:
We support reforming the immigration system to ensure that it is legal, safe, orderly and humane; as such we support the 2008 National Republican Party Platform under the title of Immigration, National Security, and the Rule of Law. We also support measures to ensure that the immigration system is structured to address the needs of national security. We support efforts to enforce the law while welcoming immigrants who enter America through legal avenues. America is a stronger and better nation because of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants. We support the Constitutional mandate for the federal government to protect and secure our national borders. Taxpayers should not be covering state benefits for illegal aliens.
This is the new wording that passed by a super-majority of Utah County Republicans of 169 in favor while 71 opposed.
The United States of America is a stronger and better nation because of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants. We welcome people of goodwill from all other countries immigrating through a system that is legal, safe, orderly, and humane and addresses the needs of national security. Our nation is stronger when immigrants weave themselves into the fabric of our common language and culture of personal liberty, self-reliance, family values, and the rule of law.
First, we support the constitutional mandate for the federal government to protect and secure our national borders. Failure to do so threatens our national security and is unfair to hardworking people around the world who follow the process to immigrate legally.
Second, we support a fair and efficient immigration approval process that is consistent with national economic needs, that provides equal access to persons of all nationalities, and does not favor those who come here illegally over those who seek to come here lawfully.
Third, we support a humane approach to reconciling the status of illegal immigrants that respects both justice and compassion, does not reward illegal behavior, and does not create incentives for future illegal immigration. We support policies that strengthen families. Parents have a responsibility to act lawfully so their children are not negatively impacted.
Taxpayers should not be covering state benefits for illegal aliens.
Fellow Utah County Delegates that I spoke to about this felt that this wording was more specific and more appropriate as a guiding policy than the nebulous wording of the Utah Compact.
I think that Utah County Delegates are open to additional changes wording changes that reflects the changing attitudes toward immigration. I fully expect this wording to be updated on an annual basis over the next few years.