Republican Platform Formalizes Push for Donald Trump's Mexico Border Wall
Sabrina Siddiqui - The Guardian
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July 19, 2016
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Republicans officially adopted a platform on Monday that embraces Donald Trump’s controversial proposals on immigration and includes a stated commitment to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
The long-awaited document, a blueprint for the party’s agenda for the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, was agreed upon by a voice vote on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. While there are few surprises in its contents, much of which was made public at a meeting of the Republican platform committee last week, the influence of Trump is apparent, particularly on his signature issues of immigration reform and trade policy.
The platform takes a hardline on immigration, calling for a border wall and “protecting all ports of entry”.
“The border wall must cover the entirety of the southern border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” it states.
The document also demonstrates little sympathy for undocumented immigrants.
Barack Obama’s executive orders in 2012 and 2014, which provided deportation relief to millions of immigrants brought to the US as children and immigrant parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents, are dubbed “unlawful amnesties” and the document calls for a Republican president to immediately rescind them. It also casts suspicions on the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US and illegal immigration more broadly, as Trump has repeatedly done on the presidential campaign trail.
“In a time of terrorism, drug cartels, human trafficking, and criminal gangs, the presence of millions of unidentified individuals in this country poses grave risks to the safety and sovereignty of the United States,” the platform reads.
“Our highest priority, therefore, must be to secure our borders and all ports of entry and to enforce our immigration laws.”
Read the rest at The Guardian
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