- The Washington Times - Friday, June 22, 2012

Having served as a member of the Republican Party of Texas platform committee from 1998 to 2006 and again in 2010, I witnessed the most important plank in the Republican immigration platform deleted at the Republican state convention.

Had time permitted on the floor of the convention, I would have moved to amend the immigration plank by reinserting “Strict enforcement of existing immigration laws with the requirement that employers use the E-Verify program to determine if job applicants have a valid Social Security number.”

The new immigration platform, while it mentions a number of acceptable ideas, ignores the rule of law. Granting illegals work permits is a form of amnesty, regardless of what those in denial may say.

The fight must continue against the Dream Act at the federal level and against other, similar legislation at both the state and federal levels. These measures simply serve as magnets for more illegals to enter our country and rewards those who already have entered illegally. Mass deportation is not practical and not needed if the job market would dry up.

Businesses that want cheap labor should be ashamed of themselves for adding to the tremendous cost to taxpayers of illegal immigration and trampling underfoot the rule of law.

SHIRLEY SPELLERBERG

Corinth, Texas