Our history is a story of immigrants. The California Republican Party welcomes and values each and every legal immigrant.

We are proud that after 400 years America continues to symbolize hope and promise to people from around the world. Immigrants have helped to make our great nation greater still. We affirm our country’s absolute right to control its borders. We support legal immigration and the immigration laws which are already in place, and call on the government to enforce all laws on the issue. To take any other position would be a great unfairness to those who have complied with the legal system, and would expose California’s citizens to national security risks.

Once one enters the United States as a legal immigrant and desires to become a citizen, one should work actively to become American – we should grant citizenship only to those who embrace American values and culture. New immigrants should be required to learn English, and businesses should be able to require employees to speak the English language while on the job. English should be the official language of government. All election ballots and other government documents should be printed in English only. Government should offer intensive English language instruction to all who need it, including stipends to help immigrants attend the programs.

California should work with the federal government to institute a worker visa program that will make it easy for people to work legally in the United States, but allowing illegal immigrants to remain in California undermines the legal immigration process and damages our economy, communities and culture. To join a worker visa program, workers must apply from their own country so that they arrive in the United States with a visa and a job in hand. Part of the application process will be that each worker must take and oath to obey American law and understands that if he or she will be deported if they commit a crime while in the United States.

Illegals working in Calfornia cause harm to citizen and legal immigrants looking for work. There will be heavy monetary fines levied against employers and businesses who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

We call for the cross-deputization of state and county law enforcement personnel so that illegal aliens who are also criminals can be deported immediately upon completion of their sentences. We call on the Federal Government to reimburse California for the costs of federally mandated immigration programs and federally mandated benefits to illegal aliens. Finally, we call for the termination of all federal and state benefits to illegal aliens other than emergency medical care.