Illinois Hispanic Republicans Release Statement in Response to Arizona Immigration Controversy
Posted June 02, 2010 by Rafael Rivadeneira in Press Releases

In light of the Illinois Legislature’s recent vote on a resolution to condemn Arizona’s immigration law, the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois (ILRNHA) released the following statement:

The ILRNHA bears a responsibility to the residents of Illinois and all U.S. citizens to accurately communicate the purpose and vision of the ILRNHA. As our mission statement proclaims, our goal is to build a membership organization to foster the principles of the Republican Party in the Hispanic community; to provide Americans of Hispanic heritage with a forum to play an influential role in local, state and national Party activities; to increase the number of Republican elected officials; and to create and maintain a network of Hispanic Republican leaders.

Recently, it is apparent that some have forgotten the meaning of these common goals. The ILRNHA pledges its unequivocal support for the Arizona State Legislatures’ decision to act upon what Congress has legislated, but the federal government has failed to enforce. The ILRNHA is an organization of Hispanics of diverse backgrounds and opinions. However, in a time of such great division, we as an organization stand to represent the motto on OUR nations seal - E Pluribus Unum : Out Of Many, One; regardless of whether or not we stand alone among other Hispanic organizations.

Moreover, we are a nation founded upon the rule of law. In the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R), "The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law." To support the actions of the millions who have avoided the system, however flawed it may be, would be to support lawlessness, and this is not something for which the ILRNHA will support.

Furthermore, In 1919 Theodore Roosevelt eloquently synthesized the same beliefs we are here to espouse today with our support of SB1070 when he said, "In the first place we should insist that the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equity with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming an American and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

No message could be more clear, no message could be more worthy of repetition at this moment in our nations history.

***Statement written by Ric Gruber, Vice-President RNHA of DuPage County



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