SPRINGFIELD - Tuesday at a capitol press conference, along with Senate and House Republican leaders and State Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka, former Governor Jim Edgar confirmed his support for Illinois to issue temporary drivers licenses to those who've entered the country and state illegally.
Edgar was asked his thoughts about the Illinois Republican Party's platform planks on the issue of immigration. The former governor insulted the hard work and hours the IL GOP's 2012 Platform Committee invested in coming up with a platform the Illinois Republican Party delegates accepted at the 2012 State Convention in Tinley Park.
He said he "didn't know" what the 2012 IL GOP said on the topic of immigration.
With a little digging, the Governor could have determined the IL GOP's official position by checking the IL GOP's website. On Page 8 of the 14-page document, Section VIII, entitled "INSTITUTING A ‘FRONT DOOR’ POLICY ON IMMIGRATION" provides a standard acceptable to Illinois Republicans.
Although the IL GOP platform does not specifically address drivers license policy, Section F may be of interest to the Governor:
VIII - INSTITUTING A 'FRONT DOOR' POLICY ON IMMIGRATION
A. We are a nation of immigrants, and the Republican Party welcomes those who respect our laws and seek freedom and opportunity in our great country. We believe it is only right to expect that our new residents come in through the front door and join us in society as fellow Americans. Further, we advocate retaining the right to adopt and enforce prudent policies relating to the numbers of immigrants America welcomes each year and their individual contributions to our nation’s needs.
B. We call on the Federal Government to streamline the task of citizenship for legal immigrants to assimilate and complete the process of becoming Americans.
C. We call for the granting of full citizenship rights to be granted to any immigrant upon the completion of service to the armed forces of the United States.
D. Those who have been deported for violating our laws by their conduct as residents of the United States – should not be granted a second opportunity to take their place among us; this is a matter both of self‐protection and of upholding the public trust.
E. Illinois government should assist our federal government in the mission of protecting our homeland. Illinois Republicans therefore urge reversal of “sanctuary city” policies, which bar our law enforcement officers from aiding Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents. The lack of adequate security at our ports and on our nation’s borders fosters an atmosphere conducive to smuggling of terrorists and their weapons into our country. We are duty bound to support the efforts of the US Dept. of Homeland Security and to insist on even greater efforts to protect our homeland.
F. We further call on the Governor and the General Assembly to abandon incentives for illegal aliens to settle in Illinois.