Due to Illinois comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s stated support for legislation that will allow driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, I am calling on her to make it official: switch parties and run as a Democrat in 2014.
The reason we have political parties and platforms is so that voters know what and who they are really voting for. Political candidates betray voter trust by running on one set of principles and then politically jumping ship. In this case, the Republican Party platform clearly opposes illegal immigration. Can you be a Republican and support or encourage illegal immigration? I do not believe you can.
I became a Republican because it was the party of law and order. That is what the GOP stands for. As Republicans and as Americans, we cannot support policies that sanction illegal activity or undermine our national sovereignty.
So why is Judy Baar Topinka supporting this legislation? As usual, she is pandering for votes. It’s not about principle; it’s about elections.
The Highway Safety Coalition, a pro-immigration rights interest group, says that more than 79,000 accidents a year are caused by uninsured undocumented workers in Illinois. And the only solution Springfield lawmakers can come up with is to issue repeat lawbreakers state-issued IDs?
The legislation being considered during the current Springfield veto session will only attract more illegal immigration to Illinois and perhaps that is what some lawmakers want but it is not what Illinois needs.
I am calling on all voters to join together in a non-partisan coalition to stand up for legal citizenship, the rule of law, and to oppose this legislation now.
To contact the Illinois comptroller’s office, call (217) 782-6000. You can call any member of the Illinois General Assembly at the Capitol in Springfield by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (217) 782-2000 and asking for you Illinois State Representative or Illinois State Senator by name.
William J. Kelly is the Chairman of FreeCapitalismNow.com, a non-profit organization. He writes a weekly column for the DC-based Communities at the Washington Times and contributes to national publications like the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a former statewide candidate for Illinois comptroller.
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