At its Summer meeting in Boston last week, the Republican National Committee rejected the Attrition Through Enforcement policy established in its 2012 National Platform in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens. Since illegal aliens would be legalized but denied citizenship, the RNC’s spin suggests the new policy would cause no harm. But the work permits offered to illegal aliens cause the greatest damage. And since most voters do not support this shift in policy, the RNC has likely harmed itself.
The new policy, adopted as a resolution on August 16th, effectively replaces the immigration plank of the National Republican Platform adopted in 2012. The Platform called for an Attrition Through Enforcement approach to resolving the illegal immigration crisis instead of a legalization. It said, “We will create humane procedures to encourage illegal aliens to return home voluntarily, while enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas.” It also stated, “State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked,” which lent support to state laws in Arizona and elsewhere that embody the Attrition Though Enforcement approach.