Friday June 29, 2018
Immigration policies set a dangerous precedent.
I began my political life almost 35 years ago as a proud member of the Republican Party.
Although my views have taken a leftward lean on some issues over the years, particularly issues related to environmental protection and labor unions, I still hold many conservative and libertarian views, I believe Ronald Reagan was an excellent president, and I admire the late Sen. Barry Goldwater a great deal.
The GOP used to have four core beliefs: the sanctity and importance of the family as the basic building block of society; America should act as a shining city on a hill for those fleeing persecution and looking for a better life; immigrants add to our economy and culture; and the federal government is too big and oppressive and should be significantly scaled back in size and scope.
Imagine, then, my disgust with the current state of the Republican Party, where a president with much backing from the party's rank-and-file thinks it's perfectly acceptable for armed agents of the federal government to forcibly separate undocumented immigrants and refugees from their children and place children in facilities where harsh conditions have been reported.
Do Republicans not understand that this policy sets a precedent and that maybe someday federal authorities will do the same thing to American citizens? What would their reaction be if a Democratic president instructed federal agents to do this to National Rifle Association members who were suspected of violating gun laws?
Any Republican or conservative who supports this policy should be ashamed of themselves.
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