The Republican Party has officially endorsed its backing for Arizona-style state immigration laws, adding into its platform language that such laws should be "encouraged, not attacked" and calling for the federal government to drop its lawsuits against the laws.Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, informal Romney adviser and co-author of the Arizona law, introduced this section of the official Republican Party platform, which was easily approved.
"I was pleased at how overwhelming the majorities were, it was a voice vote and I think there were maybe 80 percent supporting it," Kobach told The Hill shortly after the hard-line immigration language was added to the party's official platform. "The Republican Platform is now very strongly opposed to illegal immigration."As with all issues, Romney hopes to walk a fine line between embracing his party's radical extremism, while appearing to be reasonable and moderate, and actually standing for nothing at all.
The official party position now reads that "State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked," and says the Department of Justice should immediately drop its lawsuits against controversial state immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah.