A Latino’s Solution to the Latino Immigration Problem
Daniel Garza, Executive Director for The LIBRE Initiative delivered at CPAC 2013 on the Panel “Respecting Families and the Rule of Law: A Lasting Immigration Policy.”
The LIBRE Initiative is a national organization that promotes economic empowerment for the U.S. Hispanic community. LIBRE holds up the principles of the U.S. Constitution that “limited government, property rights, rule of law, sound money supply and free enterprise” is what is needed at this critical time in our nation’s history.
“America’s rugged individualism, free market system, and a republic form that kept government in check was exactly what worked for over three hundred years to make America the richest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world.”
It’s on thelibreinitiative.com “1 in 3 Hispanic children lives at or below the poverty line in California.” Data from the U.S. Census Bureau was used in a report by San Francisco-based Center for the Next Generation which showed the percentage of children living in poverty in California has soared 30 percent since the Great Recession of 2008. 1 in 5 children now live in California households determined by the federal government to be in poverty, which is income of $19,090 or less for a family of three. The rate for black and Latino children living in poverty is higher: 1 in 3.
On immigration, Garza says,
“Even though most of us are not more than a generation or two away from the immigrant’s experience, today, immigration has become one of the most divisive issues of our national discourse.”
Most Americans can appreciate our forebears came from somewhere else, but the contention is there are 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. today, who are not here legally. United We Dream, a politically-left organization, is fighting for LGBT families and communities, and at the same time, proactively seeking from President Obama a direct path to citizenship for illegals through immigration reform legislation. LIBRE, center-right politically, takes a different approach. Rather than changing legislation, Garza says the main goal should be to get undocumented immigrants employment visas so they can work in the U.S. legally and contribute to our economy, and citizenship could be considered later, if viable.
“Whatever the grievance happens to be with respect to immigration, we can use this opportunity for reform to strengthen America. Social policy must incentivize desirable conditions and boost human potential – not stifle it.”
Obama has added $6 trillion to our nation’s debt in his first term: more than Bush did in his two terms. It’s expected our national debt will be in excess of $20 trillion by 2016 if we continue on our current path. Garza writes about “the awful truth of our ‘culture of spending’ in Washington has rendered us no longer able to pay our bills, balance spending with current revenues, or service our existing debt without borrowing and printing more and more money.”
Bold leadership is needed. To encourage human potential is not for a government to enslave its people with entitlements it can no longer afford. As Garza writes, “the real losers are future generations of Americans who will be forced to endure a fiscal reckoning in just a few short years.”by