The GOP platform is shaping up to look a lot like the stump speech of the party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump, including a newly combative stance on immigration and enthusiasm for a wall along the Mexican border.
The Hill‘s Jonathan Easley reports:
Republican Platform Committee members on Tuesday voted to include language calling for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
And in a nod their presumptive presidential nominee’s support for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration, they also endorsed language that would impose “special scrutiny” of foreign nationals seeking to enter the U.S. from “regions associated with Islamic terrorism.”
Both additions are departures from the party’s 2012 platform under previous nominee Mitt Romney.
The platform specifically explicates that the wall must cover “the entirety of the Southern Border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”
The staunch anti-immigrant stance (including adopting language that refers to “illegal aliens” instead of “illegal immigrants”) flies in the face of the RNC-commissioned “autopsy” report following Romney’s 2012 loss, which advised that the party needed to make an effort to reach out to Hispanics.
In addition to matching Trump’s rhetoric on immigration, the platform has lurched even farther right on social conservative front, outlining the party’s continued opposition to LGBT rights and abortion rights.
[h/t The Hill]
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